Delta employee charged with helping smuggle guns onto plane

ATLANTA — Channel 2 Action News has confirmed federal charges for a Delta employee.

He’s accused of helping to put 18 firearms on a plane at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Channel 2 Action News is the only station to get a hold of the criminal complaint before federal court closed.

In a Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit obtained only by Channel 2 Action News, we learned that agents believe a current employee working in Atlanta helped another man smuggle the guns onto a flight.

The affidavit names Eugene Harvey, a bag handler, as the suspected smuggler who was a Delta employee.

The flight originated from Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and went into New York’s JFK airport on Dec. 10, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the former Delta employee was using a “buddy pass” and he worked in collaboration with a current delta employee

According the complaint, Harvey, the employee, bypassed TSA security and brought the smuggler the guns.

The FBI believes a total of 18 guns bypassed security and ended up on a carryon baggage aboard a Delta Airlines flight to New York.

The complaint alleges that the undercover officer was supplied a total of 129 guns, including and AK 47 and an AR 15.

It is not yet clear if all those guns were also smuggled onto a flight.

The breach is one of the biggest security breaches in recent years, according to affidavit details.

Delta sent Channel 2 Action News the following statement Monday:
“Delta is cooperating with authorities in this investigation. We take seriously any activity that fails to uphold our strict commitment to the safety and security of our customers and employees.”

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