Stun gun disguised as cellphone found on American Airlines flight

American Airlines Airbus A321 (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
American Airlines Airbus A321 (Photo by FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Credit: FG/Bauer-Griffin

Credit: FG/Bauer-Griffin

A passenger found a stun gun on an American Airlines plane Sunday that landed at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina.

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The plane landed in a secure area of the airport and law enforcement officials got on the plane to investigate.

The stun gun, which was disguised as a cellphone, was found under the seat.

The flight originated from San Francisco.

Airline officials told WSOC-TV that passengers with connecting flights had to go through security checkpoints again before boarding their connecting flight.

Transportation Security Administration officials said the device may have been left on the plane by a staff member or a cleaning crew. It also may have been brought through a security checkpoint in San Francisco.

They said the originating airport in San Francisco doesn’t have TSA agents, but the airport contracts with a private company. An official said that company still must abide by TSA guidelines and regulations.

FBI agents are investigating who brought the stun gun on the plane.