A blunder by former Prime Minister David Cameron’s bodyguard saw a passenger discover a loaded gun on board a British Airways flight from New York. The Metropolitan Police bodyguard had left the firearm in the toilet having used the facilities onboard the aircraft.
It may seem a shock to read that a loaded gun was found onboard a flight given that a toothbrush can cause a bag to be torn apart at airport security. However, there are certain circumstances when loaded firearms are permitted in the cabin of an aircraft according to the CAA. This was one of these cases.
David Cameron, as a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is entitled to 24/7 protection from the Specialist Protection Branch at Scotland Yard. They will travel around the world with him at the cost of the UK taxpayer.
According to The Sun, Mr. Cameron was one of the passengers onboard BA 112 from New York (JFK) to London (LHR) on Monday. He was traveling with his protection squad at the time. However, the flight didn’t get off of the ground for quite some time due to what has been described as a passenger incident onboard.
The aircraft’s departure was delayed after one of the former PM’s bodyguards used the restroom. He removed his gun from its holster while using the facilities. However, once complete he forgot to return the gun, leaving it in the World Traveller Plus restrooms onboard G-CIVM, a Boeing 747.
A passenger then went to the toilet and found the handgun in addition to David Cameron’s passport, according to multiple sources. Thankfully, the passenger made the crew aware of the firearm. The gun was reportedly returned to the bodyguard, however, some unnamed sources have suggested that the pilot reported it had been removed from the aircraft.
The flight, which was due to depart from JFK at 18:30 eventually got airborne at 19:59 having left the gate at 19:38 according to data from FlightRadar24.com. However, despite the hour and a half delay with getting airborne, time was made up during the flight. As such, the aircraft was only 30 minutes late touching down in London.
We spoke to a British Airways spokesperson regarding the incident and were told: “We follow CAA rules which allow UK police to carry firearms on board in specific, controlled circumstances. Our crew dealt with the issue quickly before departure and the flight continued as normal.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told The Guardian: “The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties. We are taking this matter extremely seriously and an internal investigation is taking place.”
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