BOSTON (CBS/AP) – The FBI is investigating how a stun gun ended up onboard a Jet Blue plane.

Flight 1179 left Boston Friday night and landed in Newark, New Jersey safely just after 10 pm. Ninety-six passengers were onboard.

A cleaning crew discovered the stun gun after the flight in a seat-back pocket.

Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman told The Star-Ledger of Newark it’s not clear who the weapon belonged to or how it got on the plane. Coleman says
there’s no indication the weapon had been fired.

An FBI spokesman said Monday that it does not appear a stun gun was intended to be used in an attack.

Bryan Travers, a spokesman for the FBI’s Newark office, said information from the investigation so far suggests that no attack was imminent. He would not detail why investigators think that.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police removed the stun gun from the plane and handed it over to the federal Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers.

The investigation, being led by the FBI’s office in Boston, is focusing on how the stun gun got onto the plane, Travers said.

“People get caught bring stuff to the checkpoint all the time,” he said.

Travers said that by Monday morning it was not clear who may have brought the gun aboard.

JetBlue spokesman Sebastian White said the plane’s next flight was delayed for a short period of time.

Flights used in the Sept. 11 attacks originated from Boston and Newark.

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Comments (11)
  1. emom says:

    Well It would seem that maybe the tsa agents DIDNT do their job…. But I wonder If possible that it was planted on the plane to see how if anyone would find it.. Either way its a scarey problem. Or was there a marshall on board and they forgot it. Will be interesting to see how this turns out.

    1. Thomas Hood says:

      I agree someone didn’t do their job. If it was a marshal he needs to be fired for misplacing his weapon. No responsible law enforcement officer would leave his Taser lying around and we don’t need any more irresponsible ones.

  2. A says:

    Very upsetting…maybe Police Officers should be doing the screening, I think they take their job more seriously.

  3. not surprised says:

    I’m not surprised. I would like to know – did the cleaning crew leave the gun? did someone from the back of the plane leave the gun in another seat’s pouch? was the gun on the plane for days? did it really come from Boston? what does a stun gun look like to alert TSA people? were there alert TSA people?

  4. jaygee says:

    This proves once again that there is no such thing as true security. TSA workers pat down 5 year old kids and take their water bottles away when they are going to Disneyworld. They make 90 year old women go thru vigorous checks when simple common sense says otherwise. We all know who should be checked thoroughly but in our politically correct society, that is looked down upon because “profiling” is a no-no.We have all seen incidences at Logan where there is tight security but also very lax security. That should tell us something.

  5. Mike says:

    TSA would rather focus more of their time ” petting down ” the Customers rather then ” patting Down ” . This is why the Stun Gun was able to get on board.

  6. emom says:

    I have been flying for 4 years and every year it amazes me on the size of luggage that gets on the planes…. there is a size requiredment but so many are above that size…. Oh and then you hear the grumbling of some because they have to be checked again or the luggage has to be checked again… But when we hear stories like this you do have to wonder who was asleep at the scanner belt, and did they think it was just a black box,,,,,, fools,,,,

  7. tsal says:

    I’ll keep saying it – we are our own worst enemies. We criticize everything TSA and scream for less restrictions and screening but when something like this happens we are quick to point fingers. It may be close to impossible to have “true security” but there are far more security measures than we are employing, jaygee. However, the fine citizens of the United States would scream first amendment so loudly that the noise would be deafening. All we need to do is get Israel in here and let them take charge of the security. Unfortunately, our first amendment rights are more dear than their lives to many.

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