PHILADELPHIA -

Authorities in Philadelphia said a flight attendant passing through an airport security checkpoint realized a little too late that she forgot to remove a loaded handgun from her luggage -- especially since the weapon accidentally fired while being removed.

WCAU-TV reported that Transportation Security Administration officers at Philadelphia International Airport discovered the .38-caliber handgun during routine screenings on Sunday.

Philadelphia police Lt. Ray Evers told the TV station that officers were then called to the scene, and during the process of removing the bullets from the gun, it discharged while in the hands of an officer.

No one was hurt.

According to WCAU, police identified the Republic Airlines flight attendant as 27-year-old Jaclyn Luby, who was the registered owner of the weapon and had a valid gun permit. The gun was then confiscated, and she was cited for passing a weapon through a security checkpoint.

Police said the unidentified officer who accidentally fired the pistol was placed on desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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