Woman cited by police after TSA detects her with two guns at Norfolk International Airport checkpoint

Local Press Release
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
A woman was caught with two handguns in her carry-on bag at a Norfolk International Airport checkpoint on Aug. 4. (TSA photo)

NORFOLK, Va.—Transportation Security Administration officers stopped an Alabama woman from bringing two handguns onto an airplane at Norfolk International Airport on Tuesday, Aug. 4.   

Picture of 2nd gun

A TSA officer detected the guns as the woman’s carry-on items entered the checkpoint X-ray machine. Airport police were contacted, responded to the checkpoint, confiscated both weapons and detained the woman for questioning before citing her on weapons charges. The woman was carrying a beige .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a purple .38 caliber

revolver. Neither weapon was loaded.

Guns caught at Norfolk International Airport checkpoints from 2016 to 2020







(As of Aug. 4, 2020)

Guns caught at checkpoints






Nationwide last year, 4,432 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags at checkpoints across the country, averaging about 12.1 firearms per day, approximately a 5% increase nationally in firearm discoveries from the total of 4,239 detected in 2018. Eighty-seven percent of firearms detected at checkpoints last year were loaded.

Individuals are not permitted to carry guns on airplanes. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. TSA reserves the right to issue monetary civil penalties for individuals caught with weapons at the checkpoint. The complete list of penalties is posted online here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/civil-enforcement.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are properly packaged and declared. Firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked, and packed separately from ammunition. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. 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 web site. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition. Travelers should also contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.