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Japanese aviation industry alarmed by ‘laxity’ in US security screening after woman carried handgun onto international flight


The discovery of a handgun aboard a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo’s Narita Airport earlier this month was the result of a failure of security screening in the US, according to a Japanese aviation analyst, and almost certainly a result of the federal shutdown.

An American woman, who has not been named but was reportedly in her 30s, apparently realised she had inadvertently brought a pistol and several rounds of ammunition in her hand luggage aboard a Delta Air Lines flight to Tokyo on January 3.

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