Federal air marshals seized a licensed handgun from a commercial pilot after he posted a series of cellphone videos on YouTube exposing what he regards as lapses in airport security, according to published reports.
USA Today reports the 50-year-old pilot, who remains unidentified, was deputized to carry a gun in the cockpit, but four federal air marshals seized the pilot’s handgun several days after he posted the cellphone clips in late November.
The male pilot’s handgun was seized, pending a review.
The videos, taken at San Francisco Airport, contrast how flight crews and passengers must submit to TSA screening, but ground crews are immune from screening and merely need to have their electronic ID cards scanned.
The pilot considers airport security to be a sham.
The following video from KXTV/News10 in Sacramento, Calif., contains an interview with the pilot and some of his videos, including one showing the federal marshalls arriving at his home.