Former British PM Cameron's bodyguard forgets loaded gun in plane toilet

David Cameron was being escorted by armed close protection officers on a flight to London

David Cameron made mistakes that in many ways have made the country worse off than before he took over in 2010. Reuters
David Cameron made mistakes that in many ways have made the country worse off than before he took over in 2010. Reuters

A passenger found a loaded pistol and David Cameron's passport in an plane toilet, left behind after the former British prime minister's bodyguard used the facility.

Mr Cameron was flying from New York to London with a protection officer from Britain's Metropolitan Police when the discovery sparked a security incident, according to the reports.

UK newspaper The Sun, citing other passengers who were present, said the British Airways plane was waiting to take off when a shocked passenger said he had found a gun in the toilet, causing a commotion.

The pistol was belived to have been an Austrian-made Glock 17. AFP
The pistol was belived to have been an Austrian-made Glock 17. AFP

"The captain confirmed a gun had been found, which freaked everyone out," the newspaper quoted one of the passengers as saying.

Seeking to reassure passengers, the captain told them the protection officer was authorised to bring a gun on board and it had now been returned to him, but several travellers objected and the weapon was removed before take-off.

The Metropolitan Police said they were taking the matter extremely seriously and had launched an internal investigation.

"We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on 3 February and the officer involved has since been removed from operational duties," the police said.

British Airways said it followed Civil Aviation Authority rules which allow UK police to carry firearms on board in specific, controlled circumstances.

"Our crew dealt with the issue quickly before departure and the flight continued as normal," the airline said.

Mr Cameron, who resigned as prime minister in 2016 after a referendum on Britain's European Union membership delivered the opposite result to the one he had campaigned for, has his own track record of forgetfulness.

In 2012, two years into his term, he accidentally left his eight-year-old daughter behind after a family lunch, only returning to get her 15 minutes later.

Updated: February 5, 2020 03:41 PM

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