Gun found in bag; Southwest attendant arrested in Buffalo

A Southwest airplane moves about the airfield at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in September of 2017. (Cheektowaga Chronicle File Photo)
A Southwest airplane moves about the airfield at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in September of 2017. (Cheektowaga Chronicle File Photo)

CHEEKTOWAGA – A Southwest flight attendant from Texas was arrested at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday after she was found to have a loaded firearm in her luggage according to an NFTA spokesperson.

Crystal Reven, 40, of Pearland, Texas, was arrested by NFTA Transit Police after she was found with a loaded firearm in her carry-on luggage at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.

She was charged with criminal possession of a firearm and was given an appearance ticket to appear in court at a later date.

Southwest Airlines in an email to Cheektowaga Chronicle said, “We are aware of an investigation into a Flight Attendant’s journey through Buffalo-Niagara International Airport this week. We are working alongside appropriate authorities in support of gathering more information.”

The Transit Police Investigative Services Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the incident.

Declared firearms and ammunition may be transported by air, but the firearm must be unloaded and secured in a locked hard-sided container in checked baggage only according to TSA guidelines.

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