Norfolk, Va. - In 2015, the Transportation Security Administration officers found twice as many guns at the Norfolk International Airport as they did in 2013 and 2014 combined.
Seven guns were found in 2013. Seven guns were also found in 2014. Sixteen guns were found in 2015.
Nearly 1.8 million travelers at the Norfolk International Airport are screened by TSA officers annually.
Weapons like guns, gun parts and ammunition are never permitted in carry-on bags. They can be taken in checked bags if they are unloaded, properly packed and declared to the airline.
Firearms in checked bags should be unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition. Ammunition should be in its original box and can be packed inside of a hard-side case next to the firearm. Bullets must be in their original case, even if the box of ammunition is not full.
The case with the firearm should be brought to the airline check-in counter. Airline representatives must be informed that the passenger wants to travel with the gun.
More information about how to travel with a firearm is posted on https://www.tsa.gov/travel/transporting-firearms-and-ammunition.