updated 6/4/2010 2:15:50 PM ET 2010-06-04T18:15:50

An airport official says a flight attendant who was carrying a handgun in her purse has been arrested at Indianapolis International Airport.

Airport spokesman Corey Wilson says the gun was discovered as the woman passed through a security checkpoint about 6 a.m. Friday. The Delta flight to Atlanta on which she was due to be a crew member took off without her.

Wilson says the woman is being held on preliminary misdemeanor charges of carrying a handgun without a permit and entering a controlled area with a weapon.

Marion County Jail spokesman Julio Fernandez identified the woman as 39-year-old Amber Robillard and said she was being held pending a court appearance. It wasn't clear whether she had an attorney.

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