Flight diverted to Harrisburg International Airport after passenger claims to have gun

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LOWER SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa.–American Airlines flight 3885 traveling from Philadelphia to Columbus was diverted to Harrisburg International Airport Friday morning over concerns after a passenger was overheard saying he had a gun.

Flight 3885 took off from Philadelphia International Airport at 7:29 a.m., according to HIA spokesman Scott Miller. A passenger on the plane was overheard saying he always carries his gun when he flies, Miller said.

The plane landed at Harrisburg International Airport at 8:19 a.m., according to American Airlines flight status. The unidentified passenger was escorted off the plane and was searched. No gun was found, Miller said.

The plane continued to Columbus, where it landed safely at 10:45 a.m. Miller says it is unclear if the passenger will face any charges.

Airport police are currently working with TSA and Federal Officials.   Operations at HIA were not disrupted during the incident, Miller said.


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