JetBlue pilot charged in NY after gun found in bag

In this July 14, 2009 file photo, a JetBlue plane taxis on the runway in front of sunbathers on Constitution Beach in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, file)

September 15, 2011 5:17:33 PM PDT
A JetBlue pilot is facing a weapons possession charge after a gun was found in his bag during a screening at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

A criminal complaint says Robert Paulson of Ankeny, Iowa, was going through screening procedures Sept. 8 when the screener saw something metal in the X-ray. A 40-caliber H&K pistol and bullets were found in his bag.

The complaint says Paulson had been in New York for at least the day and was returning to Iowa.

He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. His next court date is Sept. 19.

A telephone number for Paulson could not be found, and it's unclear if he has an attorney. New York-based JetBlue says it's cooperating with the investigation but isn't sharing any additional details.