NORFOLK, Va.—Transportation Security Administration officers prevented a man from bringing a semi-automatic handgun on board a plane at the Norfolk International Airport checkpoint on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The man was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a 9 mm caliber handgun along with 48 rounds of ammunition.
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. TSA officers immediately contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, which responded to the checkpoint. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality.
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.
In this instance, the traveler had a hard-sided firearm case and a lock, so he was permitted to return to the airline check-in counter to check the firearm to travel in the belly of the aircraft with other checked baggage. By doing so, nobody has access to the gun during the flight.
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 (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.