United Employee Shot By Loaded Luggage At Louis Armstrong International Airport

Posted Jul 25th 2011 04:35 PMUpdated Jul 26th 2011 01:57 PM



Associated Press

Talk about taking one for the team: A United Airlines employee was accidentally shot in the leg while trying to help a passenger check his gun, reports the Times-Picayune.

The incident occurred around 10:15 Monday at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

Edward Deubler, 65, was trying to check his hunting rifle when the gun went off. The round struck a nearby counter and a piece of shot hit a male employee in the leg. The employee was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a sheriff's office official, Deubler was issued a misdemeanor summons for negligence.

Guns can be transported on airlines as they're in a locked, hard case and unloaded. (Deubler seems to have missed that last step.) However, according to the Transportation Security Administration, officers confiscate two guns a day on average at airports across the country.

Earlier this month, a man tried to board a Lufthansa flight with two stun guns. And, another tried to get his hands on a firearm by stealing it from a deputy.


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glad he wasn't a Muslim. He would have gotten way more than a misdemeanor! just sayin'.

July 26 2011 at 10:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to basketsbygloria's comment

If he was a muslim, airport security would have been falling all over themselves apologizing.

September 01 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's that cute saying about how it's not the guns, it's the people who shoot the guns? As long as human beings make assinine mistakes, they should not be allowed firearms. Unfortunately, we cannot legislate intelligence, so we have to legislate firearms. (Let the gun-crazies now commence with their hysterical rants to the contrary.)

July 26 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to BakuLogic's comment

That logic could be used to remove cars. Cars kill about 40,000 a year and you don't have a constitutional right to a car.

July 26 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Ah, but you rant hysterical enough for all.

July 26 2011 at 3:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The guy made a huge error,that is sure.That being said,there are many hunting rifles (pump action and semi-automatic )that you can not remove the bolt to disable the gun.Also,I'm sure there are many airport employees who have no idea how to open and view the chamber to determine if it is unloaded.Only someone well versed in firearmes should be at that desk.

July 26 2011 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to roland's comment

Firearms safety is something this guy should be old enough to understand, period. Yes he made a mistake, but it is up to HIM to present the weapon in a safe condition and in compliance with airline regulations. The weapon should be stored with the action OPEN AND SECURED, no exceptions! I am a gun owner and 2A supporter and almost learned the hard way about those requirements by not having the hard case locked (even though the gun inside had its action open and a cable lock through it. If I hadn't been able to get the case locked I would have had to miss the flight while I went home to get proper locks. Lesson learned. Not trying to beat you up, Roland. We're clearly on the same side. Its very fortunate that nobody got killed in this incident. This guy got off easy with a negligence charge.

July 26 2011 at 3:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

This guy should have been charged with reckless endangerment. Of course, if he has any money, he'll probably be facing a civil suit.

July 26 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Broadway

This happened before the scanning.

July 26 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Yep those baggage scanners work real well . Feel safer at the airport now ?

July 26 2011 at 2:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bshum3's comment

The bags werent scanned yet. Read the article. He was at the ticket counter checking the bags in when it went off.

July 26 2011 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jean-Paul J

Did you even bother to read the article or did you just content yourself with the headline?

July 26 2011 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ahh now we find a shooting partner for Dick Cheny! Sorry for the pain of the injured worker, hope his recovery is full and quick.

July 26 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to socaldave613's comment

You really have to go out of your way to show your ignorance, don't you. Try to get some help about reading comprehension

July 26 2011 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what do they teach you''Treat every gun as it were loaded" someone didn't atten. that class

July 26 2011 at 1:50 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

This clown gives allof us firearm owners a black eye. There should be punishment, someone could have died from his lack of attention. At a minimum, he should loose his license to hunt for a few years.

July 26 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I can't believe this guy made it to 65.I guess he unloaded his brain and left the weapon loaded....D.A.W.M.

July 26 2011 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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