NORFOLK, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers stopped a passenger from bringing a loaded semi-automatic gun onto a flight leaving Norfolk International Airport on Thursday.
The woman was caught while she attempted to pass through airport security. She was carrying a .40 caliber handgun loaded with four bullets that was packed inside a firearm carrying case. However, the woman told officials she forgot she had the gun with her.
This was the second time in a week that TSA officers stopped a passenger in Norfolk carrying a loaded gun. On Tuesday, TSA officers caught a man trying to bring a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with six bullets through the checkpoint.
TSA officers immediately contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, which responded, confiscated the guns in each instance and issued the travelers citations on state weapons charges. The two incidents are not related.
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.