Air Marshal’s Gun Found in Bathroom Mid-Flight

Uh-oh! During a flight from England to New York earlier this month, a federal air marshal forgot his handgun in a restroom, CNN reported. During the Delta flight, a handgun was discovered near the toilets by a passenger who then handed it over to the flight crew.

According to the NYT, the air marshal failed to report the event for several days after it occurred, and reportedly did not get reprimanded when she did, to the surprise of many. Aside from the obvious danger introduced leaving a loaded weapon on an airplane in flight, the incident could be used as fuel to further criticize of the air marshal program, which already costs roughly $1 billion per year, covers less than 1% of domestic flights, and has not directly stopped any acts of terrorism so far