Student arrested bringing stun gun on plane

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NEW YORK — Authorities said a college student from China was arrested trying to carry a combination stun gun and flashlight onto a plane in New York City.

Sihui "Hannah" Xie said by phone Sunday that she pleaded not guilty and believes her weapons-possession case is on track to be resolved with a fine. Court records were not immediately available.

The Transportation Security Administration said a checkpoint screener spotted the item in Xie's carry-on luggage as she headed for an Orlando, Florida-bound flight at Kennedy Airport.

The TSA said the device initially just appeared to be a flashlight, but the screener looked more closely and saw it also was a stun gun.

Xie was then arrested. She's a student at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.