CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two men were unable to pass through TSA at Charlotte Douglas Airport Thursday morning when they attempted to carry loaded handguns on board.

According to TSA, the first man tried to pass through at 6 a.m. and the second at 6:30 a.m. The two incidents are not believed to be related.

Edward Scott Richards, 55, of Holly Springs, was charged with possession of a firearm on city property.

Edward Scott Richards

CMPD identified the second suspect as 38-year-old Fetevich Pavel.

TSA officers say they detected the guns and ammunition as the men's carry-on bags passed through the checkpoint conveyor belt. Both passengers were questioned and arrested on a local charge of carrying a firearm onto airport property.

As of March 2, TSA officers say they have detected nine firearms at Charlotte checkpoints in 2017. In 2016, TSA found 53 firearms.

TSA says passengers are permitted to travel with firearms if the firearm is within checked baggage, is unloaded, packed in a hard-side case, locked and packed separately from ammunition.