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Taxi driver arrested after causing trouble at New Orleans airport.

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A 49-year-old taxi driver reportedly called the Secret Service on Friday (24 May) and stated that he was going to cause trouble at Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.

The man allegedly arrived at the airport mid-morning and attempted to walk around a metal detector, thus prompting a security guard to redirect him through the detector. The man resisted and pulled out a pellet gun that resembled a .50-calibre handgun.

Security staff attempted to seize the weapon, but the man pulled out an unopened buck knife. The man, who was eventually subdued, told the Secret Service that he was doing it in the name of Saddam Hussein.

The man has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, three charges of battery on a police officer and one charge of resisting a police officer, The Associated Press reported.

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