04/03/2014 01:39 EDT | Updated 06/03/2014 05:59 EDT

Loaded Handgun At Airport Gets US Pilot Arrested In Calgary

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TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17: A customer shops for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns in 2012 and gun makers have reported a record high in demand. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass school shooting in Connecticut . (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A commercial airline pilot from the United States was arrested a week ago at the Calgary International Airport after he was caught trying to clear security with a loaded firearm.

Joshua Petty White, a pilot for SkyWest Airlines, failed to declare that he had the gun in his carry-on luggage as he passed through the checkpoint on March 28, Lisa White, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed on Thursday.

The CBSA criminal investigations unit believes White also illegally smuggled the gun into Canada when he arrived in Calgary the previous day.

The pilot was taken into custody and charged under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code before being released on a $4,000 bond.

The airline told CBC News that White has been put on administrative leave “while full investigations are completed internally and by authorities.”

White’s next court appearance is set for April 29. 

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