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FBI: Airline worker helped friend get gun on plane
By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press Writer
The FBI charged a US Airways employee with helping his roommate get a concealed, semiautomatic handgun onto a plane departing Philadelphia early Thursday.
Customer service agent Roshid Milledge switched black carry-on bags with passenger Damien Young at the gate so Young could board the 7 am flight to Phoenix with the unloaded 9 mm weapon, the FBI said in an affidavit.
Young, 29, was moving to Phoenix and had asked Milledge about the procedures for transporting guns. Milledge, 38, instead agreed to carry the bag through an employee entrance so it would not be screened by security.
An alert fellow passenger saw the switch and, sensing that Milledge seemed "fidgety," raised concerns. Young, already on the plane, allegedly denied to a US Airways manager that he had switched bags with anyone. The plane then started to taxi, but was soon called back to the gate so Young could be removed.
He then admitted the bag was his and both men gave statements, the FBI said. Milledge told agents he had grabbed the wrong laptop bag from their Philadelphia home that morning and was switching it back.
The gun is registered to Young, and he had a valid permit to carry it, authorities said.
The men were in federal custody late Thursday with court appearances expected in the next few days. Neither had a listed telephone number, and they did not appear to be represented by counsel.
The Transportation Security Administration declined comment because of the FBI investigation, spokeswoman Ann Davis said.
US Airways Flight 1195 departed Philadelphia several hours later. In a statement, the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline said only that additional passenger screening took place "after a concern was raised about a carry-on bag."
"We are cooperating with investigators fully and take security considerations very seriously," said the statement issued by spokesman Morgan Durrant
About E.M.C.E.E. MECHANISM
Risen up from the foundation days of hip hop - Emcee Mechanism - Philly's newest rap phenomenon, is taking it Back to the Streets. Roshid Milledge better known as E.m.c.e.e Mechanism "The Articulate One" has been on the Philly hip-hop scene for quite some time. Mechanism comes from the ranks where mc's had to rock the basement, rooftop and block parties to gain respect. In the late-eighties, after paying his dues he received a reputation as a credible mc and garnered enough energy to place him on "Lady B's "Street Beat radio show on Power 99 Fm" . There he entered the battle of mc's for local supremacy (todays American Idol) and won 12 weeks straight. Soon there after he was recruited by the Philly legendary rap group "Tuff Crew" . He bagan co-writing and arranging for the group, his efforts paid off when the groups single "My Part of Town" was a huge success on the east coast and remains a Philly classic to this day. In August of 1991 Mechanism along with DJ Too Tuff, was featured in the Source Magazine's UNSIGNED HYPE section. The Source has called the Articulate One's style "straight up hard core North Philly rap". In 2004 Mechanism was featured in the Philadelphia Daily news and has been described as an "above par mc with a polished style". Philly's own legendary "Lady-B" has described his style as "refreshing". In additon to working with "Tuff Crew" Mechanism has performed and worked with the likes of Peddi-Peddi Low-Down (King of G-town), Joey Wells, Supreme (Da Regulata), Dat Boy Dave, The Roots, and R&B group As Yet. Mechanism feels that his style is positive and raw. He uses no gimics, violence, or profanity to get his message across. Roshid the person, wants to put to push Mechanism the performer, to promote hip-hop in the most positive light possible and bring back the essence of showmanship where hip-hop made you feel good when you listed to it. No matter what the trend is for the "moment" Mechanism will always blaze his own path, reppin' the city of Philly to the fullest. It's no surprise that's his goal when his inspiratons are: God, Malcom X, Quincy Jones,Russell Simmons, "P" Diddy Combs, LL Cool J, 2pac,Tavis Smiley,Wyclef, Will Smth, and Bob Marley