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American Airlines employee arrested with alleged stolen gun at the airport

American Airlines agent Elvira Thomas was arrested after she allegedly went through a safety check at the Charlotte, North Carolina airport with a stolen gun.

(Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office)

An American Airlines employee was arrested at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport earlier this week after she was allegedly caught travelling with a stolen gun.

Elvira Thomas, 62, was not working when the firearm was found, but the travel was on July 3, just in time for the busy travel holiday. Transportation Security Administration officers noticed the gun as it passed through an x-ray scanner, WSOC-TV reported.

According to jail records, Thomas was charged with felony possession of a stolen firearm and a misdemeanor possession of a firearm on city property.

Thomas was placed on administration leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, American Airlines told Fox News. The airline said that all employees undergo background checks before being hired.

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Thomas worked at the ticketing counter at the Charlotte airport.

“At American Airlines, we have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members. We take this matter very seriously and work together with the police during their investigation,” an American Airlines spokeswoman said.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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