ROANOKE, Va. (WAVY) - A man passing through security at a Virginia airport Sunday was stopped because he was carrying a very realistic replica gun.
Lisette Garcia with the Transportation Security Administration said officers at Roanoke Regional Airport noticed a gun in a man's carry-on bag through an X-ray machine around 10 a.m. The airport's police department confiscated the gun and determined it was an airsoft gun.
Garcia said the man was allowed to continue onto his flight to Washington D.C., but delayed himself and other passengers waiting to pass through the TSA checkpoint.
Garcia said TSA noted a nationwide uptick in the number of airsoft guns appearing in carry-on luggage in July. Weapons -- including replica guns, are not allowed in carry-on baggage, and travelers can be fined up to $11,000 if they are caught carrying them.
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