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Louisiana Woman Stopped from Carrying Loaded Handgun onto Flight at Norfolk Airport

This handgun was detected by TSA officers in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Norfolk International Airport on June 8. (TSA photo)

NORFOLK — Transportation Security Administration officers at Norfolk International Airport stopped a Louisiana woman from carrying a loaded handgun onto her flight Wednesday, June 8.

The 9mm handgun was loaded with 10 bullets.

TSA officers stopped the woman when her carry-on bag triggered an alarm in the security checkpoint X-ray unit. Upon spotting the gun, TSA alerted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police, who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the handgun and cited the woman on a weapons violation, according to a news release.

The case will be forwarded to the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney for possible criminal prosecution.

(Transportation Security Administration)

TSA officers detected 23 guns at Norfolk International Airport at the checkpoints in 2021. Last year, 5,972 firearms were caught at airport security checkpoints nationwide. Eighty-six percent of those guns were loaded.

Passengers may travel with firearms only in checked baggage. Firearms must be properly packaged and declared at the airline ticket counter. TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. A complete list of civil penalties is also posted.

Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

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