Airport Weapon Charge Dropped

The U.S. government dropped its case Monday against Linda K. Krisko, the Bethlehem woman who had a loaded gun in a carry-on bag as she was about to board a Lehigh Valley International Airport flight on Aug. 18.

Assistant U.S. District Attorney Mary Futcher declined to comment Wednesday on the governments motion, which stated that after further investigation, the government has determined that prosecution at this time is not in the best interest of justice.

Kriskos attorney, Brian J. Collins of Allentown, had maintained that Krisko had forgotten she had a .38-caliber revolver in her bag when she went through a security check before a US Airways flight to Charlotte, N.C.

Collins didnt return a call for comment Wednesday afternoon. Kriskos Allentown insurance agency was closed Wednesday and her phone number is unlisted.

Krisko, 47, had been charged with one count of carrying a weapon or explosive on an aircraft. She had been free on $10,000 recognizance bail.

Krisko had a gun permit valid only in Pennsylvania. She was detained by airport police after federal screeners found the gun in a black holster in her backpack. Krisko also had pepper spray on a key chain in her purse.

At a court hearing on Aug. 28, an FBI agent said Krisko acknowledged the incident was her fault and was ashamed of her mistake.

Collins had said other people have inadvertently brought guns to airports.

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