NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) Transportation Security Administration officers say they stopped a woman from bringing a loaded gun on board a plane at the Norfolk International Airport.
The incident happened on November 16th.
Officials say the woman, who is a resident of Norfolk, was stopped by TSA officers at the checkpoint. She was allegedly carrying a loaded .357 caliber handgun.
The woman reportedly told the TSA agents that she forgot she had the loaded gun in her handbag.
This marked the 11th gun that TSA officers detected at the airport in 2016.
TSA sent out the following reminder for travelers:
There is a right way to travel with a firearm and a wrong way. The wrong way is to bring it to a checkpoint. 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. Then the firearm must be taken to the airline check-in counter.
TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its web site here: http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/firearms-and-ammunition. Airlines may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition so travelers should contact their airline regarding firearm and ammunition carriage policies.