Gun Found In Iowa Man's Bag At Des Moines Airport

A Transportation Security Administration employee demonstrates the new millimeter wave advanced imaging technology body scanner at the security checkpoint at the Eastern Iowa Airport on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The scanner uses radio frequency waves to detect metallic and non-metallic items. Software generates a generic image of a person, with specific areas of suspicion highlighted by boxes. If no suspicious items are detected by the machine, a green screen appears indicating the passenger is cleared. Being screened by the new machine is optional but those opting out will receive a thorough pat down search. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 63-year-old central Iowa man was arrested after a loaded gun was found in his bag at the Des Moines airport.

A Transportation Security Administration officer spotted the gun Tuesday morning as the bag was going through a security screening. It was the third firearm discovered during a screening at the airport this year.

The Des Moines Register says Michael Fendley, of Stratford, told authorities that he'd forgotten that the gun was in the bag and that he has a permit for it.

Fendley was arrested on a charge of violating a screening checkpoint restriction. He's been released.

A phone listed for Fendley was not in service on Thursday. Online court records don't list the name of Fendley's attorney.
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