Delta Air Lines worker arrested in GA gun-smuggling case fired - CBS46 News

Delta Air Lines worker arrested in Georgia gun-smuggling case fired

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

A Delta Air Lines baggage handler is in federal custody, accused of helping to smuggle guns through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Delta Airlines confirmed Tuesday that that employee, Eugene Harvey, has been fired.

According to a federal affidavit, on Dec. 10, Harvey smuggled at least 18 guns, seven of them loaded, through an employee-only entrance. At this designated entry point, Harvey and other pre-screened employees are "not subjected to screening by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)," the affidavit said.

Harvey then entered a passenger area of the airport and entered a men's restroom, where he handed off the firearms to a former delta baggage handler, Mark Quentin Henry, who then flew up to New York using the "buddy pass privileges of his mother, a retired gate agent for Delta Air Lines," to fly for free to New York, the affidavit said.

Henry was arrested when he arrived in New York.

The investigation revealed that the men had made four other gun swaps over the course of a year, supplying a total of 129 handguns and two assault rifles to a third co-conspirator who then sold them to a New York undercover officer.

Wesley Houser, Delta passenger who flew to Atlanta from Chicago Monday, said he was amazed that the gun-smuggling could happen.

"It's very surprising. I would expect them to not let illegal guns into bags. That's kind of crazy," Houser said.

Geoff Drum, another passenger, could not believe it either. "I don't like the sound of it. It definitely shakes me up. Yeah, this is pretty scary when you think of all the stuff we as passengers have to go through," Drum said.

Both Harvey and Henry are under arrest and face federal weapons charges.

A TSA spokesperson said, "TSA takes the potential for insider threats at airports very seriously. TSA administers security threat assessments and airport criminal checks for all airline employees prior to receiving credentials and access privileges. This is a recurring vetting process that involves random checks. TSA continues to closely partner with law enforcement on this investigation and, where possible, will use the findings from the investigation to improve current processes."

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