Apparently Gunderson had been heading through Nashville airport when he had been stopped by Transportation Security Administration officials and inside his backpack was found a large hunting knife.
The musician was detained as a flight risk – but the bard’s manager was able to straighten out the problem. Gunderson‘s musical partner, Stephen Barker Liles, tells Taste of Country,
”I was waiting for Eric to go through security, and he always gets stopped because he’s a diabetic… he has needles and stuff like that in his bag. Then, I see them pull out this huge hunting knife with like a 10-inch blade. The guy looks at Eric like, ‘This isn’t a pocket knife, this is a serious you’re going to kill everyone on the plane knife.’ So they called the cops right away, and I was like, ‘Oh c**p! Are we going to make our flight? We’re going to (Las) Vegas for our first Acm show!’
“Then, they take him in this room, and I went and called our manager. And 30 or 40 minutes later, he comes back and they let him go and we barely made our flight. They let him go with a misdemeanor, but if he was on probation or whatever, he would’ve gone straight to jail. He just took the wrong backpack. He hunted the weekend before, so he didn’t realize it was in there.”