updated 6/15/2011 1:58:43 PM ET 2011-06-15T17:58:43

A US Airways employee was arrested in Pittsburgh after allegedly stowing away on an earlier flight from Florida to North Carolina, authorities said.

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The employee was arrested shortly before noon on Tuesday after getting off a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He did not release the man's name.

The Transportation Security Administration says it's investigating whether the employee improperly used his airport credentials to get on a flight traveling from Tampa, Fla. to Charlotte, N.C. Police said he was spotted leaving the cargo area there.

The employee's airport access credentials were revoked pending the outcome of the investigation.

Moffatt says the employee apparently had a ticket for the flight to Pittsburgh. He says the man asked to be taken for a psychiatric evaluation after being taken into custody.

If the employee is found to have improperly used airport credentials, the TSA could impose severe civil penalties.

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