NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Texas man was caught with a loaded gun at Norfolk International Airport on Sunday.
TSA officers stopped the man when his carry-on bag set off an alarm on the security checkpoint’s X-ray unit. Norfolk Airport Authority Police responded to the checkpoint and confiscated the handgun and arrested the man on a weapons violation.
The .40 caliber pistol was loaded with nine bullets. This was the 21st firearm seized at ORF so far this year. The record quickly overtakes last year’s record of 23 firearms seized at ORF checkpoints.
Passengers are allowed to travel with firearms in their checked baggage if they are properly packed and declared at the airline ticket counter to be carried in the hold of the aircraft. Weapons are absolutely not allowed on airplanes.
Checked firearms must be unloaded, packed in a hard-sided case, locked and packaged separately from ammunition. The TSA has details on how to properly travel with firearms and ammunition posted on it Web page.