A 30-year-old man was arrested at Salt Lake City International Airport after a security screening turned up a semi-automatic handgun and two loaded clips in his luggage.
Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann confirmed the arrest of Erick Wirz, who was booked into Salt Lake County jail Monday on suspicion of two misdemeanor violations. He was released on his own recognizance pending court proceedings, jail records show.
Wirz's telephone number was unlisted, but he has reportedly expressed regret for the incident. However, Fox 13 News reported that a police source suggested that Wirz should have known better since he is a professional helicopter pilot presumably aware of regulations regarding the legal air transport of firearms.