Local fliers scared after gun smuggling at an Atlanta airport - WNEM TV 5

Local fliers scared after gun smuggling at an Atlanta airport

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -     A serious security breach at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.     More than 150 guns have been recovered from numerous flights between Atlanta and New York. At the center of it all is an airport employee accused of assisting in the crime.

    The New York District Attorney's Office said former Delta airlines employee Eugene Harvey helped traffic those firearms between the two cities since May.

    Investigators say the baggage handler helped Mark Henry get the guns on the plane by bypassing security checkpoints.

    Airport employees in Atlanta are not required to go through screenings. Investigators said Harvey would carry the guns into the airport for Henry and then hand them back at the terminal before Henry boarded.

    The New York district attorney said those security issues need to be addressed immediately.

    Both Harvey and Henry are in police custody facing federal weapons charges. 

    With thousands taking the skies in Michigan this week, this incident will be on at least some of their minds.

    "It really freaks me out," one passenger said. "It really does, it's so scary to know that happened, I don't know, I'm glad I'm here safe and sound."

    She added she hopes security is stepped up, "I think they're doing a good job," she said. "But something happened if that went through, so they better beef it up a little more."

    Does this story change the way you feel about flying this holiday season?

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