Sun Country Pilot Arrested in Florida after Gun Found in Suitcase

Brian Machtemes Photo: Lee County, Florida
Brian Machtemes

October 27, 2018 02:29 PM

A Sun Country pilot with a Minnesota permit to carry was arrested in Florida on Friday after a gun was found in his suitcase, according to a police report. 

The report states Brian Machtemes could face one count of carrying a concealed weapon. 

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Sun Country confirmed Saturday that Machtemes is a pilot for the airline. 

According to the report, a police officer was called to a security checkpoint at Southwest Florida International Airport, where a TSA supervisor said an X-ray operator had found what appeared to be a firearm in a suitcase.

The report said the officer removed the suitcase and asked who the bag belonged to. According to the report, Machtemes said it was his. 

While searching Machtemes' bag the officer located a loaded handgun, according to the report. 


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Machtemes provided a valid Minnesota permit to carry, which is not recognized in Florida, the report said. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Minnesota and Florida do not share reciprocity when it comes to permits to carry. 

Sun Country issued the following statement about the incident:

"We're aware of the situation involving one of our pilots at the Fort Myers Airport and are in contact with local law enforcement. We are in the process of gathering information on what occurred. Right now, our focus is on taking care of our passengers. This evening's flight from RSW to MSP has been rescheduled to depart tomorrow at 12:10 p.m. We have provided hotels for tonight, as well as meal vouchers and a $200 flight voucher as a token of our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused."

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