NORFOLK, Va. – Transportation Security Administration officers prevented a man from bringing a loaded semi-automatic handgun on board a plane at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday.
The Chesapeake resident was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint with a loaded 9 mm caliber handgun and ammunition.
The handgun was loaded with 15 bullets and the man had two magazines with 43 additional bullets.
The TSA officer who was staffing the checkpoint X-ray machine detected the firearm as it passed along the conveyor belt inside the man’s carry-on bag. TSA officers immediately contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint.
The man was then questioned and cited by the police.
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. The firearm must also be taken to the airline check-in counter.