NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement
officials were investigating how a stun gun that resembled a
cell phone wound up aboard a JetBlue Airways plane at Newark
A cleaning crew found the black stun gun in a black case in
a seat-back pocket on Flight 1179 on Friday night after the jet
carrying 100 passengers and crew arrived in New Jersey from
Boston, authorities and the airline said on Monday.
The weapon was handed over to police from the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the investigation was
taken over by the FBI, the Transportation Security
Administration said in a statement.
Police described the gun as resembling a cell phone, a Port
Authority spokesman said.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to provide further details.
It was unknown whether the device was sneaked past
security, was placed on the plane after it landed, or belonged
to a law-enforcement official, a U.S. source familiar with the
investigation said, requesting anonymity.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by John Crawley)
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