ATLANTA (CBS/WGCL/AP) Police arrested Delta Air Lines pilot Matthew Lamar McDaniel Saturday when screeners allegedly found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McDaniel was stopped when he tried to pass through security at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliot says the three-year veteran pilot was off duty at the time and she did not know why he was at the airport.
Police say McDaniel had a Taurus .38 special loaded with five rounds as he tried to pass through the T north security checkpoint.
Authorities say McDaniel - who has a permit to carry a concealed handgun - told them he forgot he had the weapon.
The pilot was released on a $5,700 bond from the Clayton County Jail within hours after he was booked, according to CBS affiliate WGCL.