IN what could easily be confused as a scene from a spy spoof B movie, Scotland Yard have now launched an official investigation after David Cameron’s bodyguard negligently left a loaded handgun and the former Prime Minister’s passport in the toilet of a public passenger plane.
The police bodyguard has been suspended pending an investigation after David Cameron’s passport and the loaded Glok 17 gun were found in the toilet cubicle of a British Airways flight from New York to London Heathrow this week.
The royalty and specialist protection unit officer’s passport was found alongside the former prime minister’s by a stunned passenger, with all three items being then handed over to flight crew, with the gun subsequently being removed from the plane.
“The captain confirmed a gun had been found, which freaked everyone out,” one passenger on the flight said.
The gun – a 9mm Glock 17 pistol – was reported to have been left by the officer after he took off his holster while going to see a man about a dog.
An unnamed 33-year-old businessman who was also on the flight said: “There was a real commotion going on with a guy near to me. He said he had found a gun in the toilets, which was met with disbelief … [The captain] tried to calm everyone down by explaining that the law allowed handguns on planes for protection officers and that the gun was back with the bodyguard.
“But a guy wasn’t having it. He said he felt uncomfortable about guns being allowed on the plane. The captain left and came back a few minutes later to say the gun had been removed from the plane.”
“We were waiting to take off when a guy started to show pictures on his phone of a gun and two passports” said another. “One was David Cameron’s – he said he found [it] in the toilet. They were just resting on the side by the sink. He was stunned by what he saw.”
Scotland Yard has issued a statement, saying that: “The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties. We are taking this matter extremely seriously and an internal investigation is taking place.”