NORFOLK, Va.—Two local men were caught by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as they were trying to bring loaded guns onto their flights out of Norfolk International Airport on Friday, Dec. 9. The incidents are not believed to be related.
On the morning of Dec. 9, TSA officers stopped a Virginia Beach resident from bringing a 9 mm caliber handgun past the checkpoint. It was loaded with eight bullets, including one in the chamber. Airport police cited him on a state weapons charge.
Several hours later, in the early evening, a Norfolk resident was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a 9 mm handgun loaded with nine bullets. Airport police arrested the man.
There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint. Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.
TSA’s website has details on how to properly travel with a firearm. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition so travelers should contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.
The Transportation Security Administration 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.