Monday, 11th April, a 47 year-old Albert man had been arrested when a gun was discovered from his luggage at the Ottawa International Airport and has been charged with a number of gun-related charges as a result. A 22 caliber handgun was found by the Canadian Air Transport Authority when they had checked the man’s baggage through security screening processes while he was waiting to board an evening West Jet flight to Calgary on Monday evening.
The Ottawa police were called on around 7pm, who then charged him with negligent transportation of a firearm, unauthorized transportation of that firearm which was also restricted, and carrying ammunition and also for two counts of attempting to commit a felonious crime. ]
Further more, it was noted by CATSA spokesman, Mathieu Larocque, that firearm were allowed to be taken in checked luggage only if they were registered with the airline before hand and remarked that this incident was very unusual. He noted that such incidents may be common incase a hunter was found in such a situation but it was hard for him to remember the last time a case of that sort had been brought to his notice and considered it as a highly unusual incident.
According to a officer from the Ottawa Police guns and gangs unit, Sergent Ken Bryden, the man was found traveling alone and shall now remain in custody in Ottawa. No flights or any part of the airport was halted due to this incident, as claimed by Mr. Larocque.