An FBI agent said for the last shipment, Harvey entered the airport through an employee parking lot. At the time, airline employees did not all have to pass through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints to get to flights. Harvey was able to use his security badge to access restricted areas.
Delta worked with law enforcement to identify Harvey and fired him.
“Mr. Harvey was not concerned with the safety of airline passengers or with the fact that his actions promoted violence on the streets of New York City,” said Arthur Peralta, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent in charge, in a written statement.
In response to the gun-smuggling revelations, Hartsfield-Jackson instituted new requirements for airport workers to go through security screening.
Harvey was recently convicted and sentenced in New York for state firearms violations, and the 30-month prison sentence is to be served concurrent with his current five-year sentence, followed by three years of supervised release.