A Virginia Beach man was cited by airport police on a weapons charge Wednesday after officers stopped him from bringing a loaded gun past the security checkpoint at the Norfolk International Airport, the Transportation Security Administration said.
Transportation Security Administration officers discovered the 9mm caliber firearm in the man's carry-on bag as he passed through the airport checkpoint, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in a news release.
The TSA officer at the X-ray machine detected the gun inside the bag as it passed along the conveyor belt, she said.
The gun was loaded with seven rounds, including one in its chamber, according to Farbstein.
Officers contacted the Norfolk Airport Authority Police who responded to the checkpoint, confiscated the gun and cited the man on a state weapons charge, she said.
The incident had no impact to airport operations, according to Farbstein.
This was the seventh gun that TSA officers have caught at the checkpoint so far this year, she said.
The TSA screens about 44,000 passengers per week at the Norfolk airport, she said.
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