Brian A. Machtemes, a pilot for Twin Cities-based Sun Country Airlines was arrested in Florida for trying to bring a loaded gun onto a flight. While he had a permit, it was issued from Minnesota, and was not recognized by Florida authorities.
Although pilots are permitted to carry firearms (since 2003) in the event someone tries to take control of the cabin, Machtemes was arrested on a felony count of suspicion of having an unlicensed firearm. He was able to post bond and was given a trial date. The airline says his arrest caused disruptions to flights. Passengers were given hotel rooms, $200 flight vouchers and meals.
Pilots are allowed to carry firearms, but they are to be locked in a case. Machtemes' gun was in his luggage. The airline says that some of its pilots have been deputized as federal law enforcement after attending 56 hours of specialized training. It is unknown in Machtemes had such training.
Airline pilot arrested at Florida airport after a loaded gun was found in his suitcase. Reports identify him as Br… https://t.co/SuJUe0p9e0— CBC News Alerts (@CBC News Alerts)1540760097.0
FLIGHT CANCELED: More than 100 passengers were stranded overnight at Southwest Florida International Airport after… https://t.co/aEXp7mJBPz— Sara Girard (@Sara Girard)1540655715.0
Opinions were all over the place.
@SaraGirardNews What... on... earth was he thinking??— ThatRetroGirl (@ThatRetroGirl)1540773022.0
@ThatRetroGirl @SaraGirardNews Following the advice of his President presumably... the answer to bad guys with guns… https://t.co/7nk8OZVsHD— Brad Wight (@Brad Wight)1540774001.0
@SaraGirardNews @NancySa45944060 This is why I’m afraid to fly. Off-the-beam pilots, shoddy mechanics, and decision… https://t.co/E2LYnp9fRE— Peggy Moore (@Peggy Moore)1540823450.0
@SaraGirardNews On the other hand, remember that if you don’t implicitly trust the pilot as a “good guy”, he doesn’… https://t.co/PNPgwYHMMy— David Razin (@David Razin)1540824293.0
@SaraGirardNews What a dipshit!!— Molasses (@Molasses)1540776786.0
@SaraGirardNews @shannonrwatts omg I thought there was a security person in civilian clothes on flights but I may h… https://t.co/xyZEB7qcFb— marcia smilack (@marcia smilack)1540789065.0
@SaraGirardNews I feel like this guy may have been just trying to protect hisself 🤔— ❄️The Ice Princess❄️ (@❄️The Ice Princess❄️)1540783702.0
@SaraGirardNews @JimBonz I’m betting on the pony that says he’s a trumpster...— Amy Steenstra ☘ (@Amy Steenstra ☘)1540800695.0
@SaraGirardNews I would not mind being stranded overnight because my pilot was arrested for having a loaded gun.— 🌖♊all~outvluv🎦⚾ (@🌖♊all~outvluv🎦⚾)1540778740.0
@SaraGirardNews Why do so many people have guns in the first place?!?!! #FFS #putawayyourguns— Suzanne Chipp 🍁 (@Suzanne Chipp 🍁)1540778115.0
@SaraGirardNews I wonder if this was an accident as I know some people who forgot gun was in their suitcase and thi… https://t.co/CuMydsNnm6— Mark Walls (@Mark Walls)1540776696.0
@SaraGirardNews This pilot should be given a award for carrying a loaded gun on his plane. He's prepared to defend… https://t.co/HPZJzz7JIX— Nate (@Nate)1540782827.0
@SaraGirardNews Why are pilots not allowed to carry guns anyway? If anybody on the plane should have firearms it sh… https://t.co/8sfPp2RC4U— Ryan (@Ryan)1540781265.0
Of course we should all be grateful...
@SaraGirardNews Hey, at least he wasn’t drunk!— Timothy A. Mattox (@Timothy A. Mattox)1540775777.0
Props to the pilot for not being drunk!