NORFOLK, Va. — Transportation Security Administration officers caught a third handgun this month at the Norfolk International Airport checkpoint today, April 29. TSA officers stopped a man from bringing the handgun onboard a plane when they detected the gun in his carry-on bag this afternoon.
He was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun loaded with 12 bullets.
TSA officers detected the gun as the man was passing through the airport checkpoint. The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the firearm as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the carry-on bag.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, which responded, confiscated the gun and issued the man a citation on a state weapons charge.
A man was stopped by TSA at the airport checkpoint with a 9 mm handgun on April 10 and a woman was caught with a .380 caliber firearm on April 21.
These incidents serve as a reminder that individuals are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the security checkpoint and TSA’s advice to travelers is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items. Travelers can view a comprehensive list of prohibited items.
Weapons—including firearms, firearm parts and ammunition—are not permitted in carry-on bags, but can be transported in checked bags if they are properly packed and declared to the airline. Travelers who bring firearms to the checkpoint are subject to possible criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from TSA.
Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact the airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
TSA screens approximately 2 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives. To do this, TSA uses imaging technology to safely screen passengers for any items which may be concealed under clothing, while X-ray units screen all carry-on baggage.