We’ve all tried to sneak a few things past the Transportation Security Administration at the airport; fingers crossed, we hope some last minute shampoo, an expensive perfume, or a favorite snack doesn’t get picked up on X-ray.
But country singer and “American Idol” star Scotty McCreery wasn’t so lucky at his hometown airport last week. According to Us Weekly, the “I Love You This Big” artist was stopped at a security X-ray checkpoint at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. While they were searching McCreery, TSA agents found a powerful surprise — a loaded gun.
According to his Twitter, McCreery was on his way to Nashville to appear at WSMradio, and “flight issues” prevented him from making his performance on time.
Morning! Flight issues have prevented me from getting into Nashville in time to be on @WSMradio this am. We're rescheduling for July 27.
— Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery) July 13, 2017
WRAL reported that authorities found two boxes of ammunition as well as five bullets in the weapon’s magazine. Reports indicate that McCreery told the TSA that he was at a shooting range before his flight and simply forgot to remove the weapon from his backpack. He explained the mix up in-depth to Us Weekly:
“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for awhile now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously. While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it.”
Once TSA got a hold of McCreery’s concealed carry permit, he was released, issued a citation, and put on the next flight. He cites the entire situation as a learning experience:
“Great to know our airport security force is on the job. I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”
According to the Wake County Assistant District Attorney, McCreery will likely be issued a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration along with a $1,500 fine.