Texas man stopped with missile launcher in his luggage at BWI Airport

Texas man stopped by TSA with missile launcher in his luggage at BWI Airport.
Photo credit TSA
By Connecting Vets
By Ben Krimmel

Um... Excuse me, sir, is this your bag?

Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport detected something unusual in a man's checked luggage early Monday morning: A missile launcher.

TSA stops man from taking missile launcher in checked bag at BWI Airport.

Officers immediately contacted airport police who tracked down the traveler and detained him for questioning, the TSA said in a press release. The man, who was a resident of Jacksonville, Tx., told the officers he was active-duty military personnel traveling home from Kuwait. He told them he wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir. Luckily, the item was not a live device.

However, "military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags," the TSA said. It was confiscated and handed over to Maryland fire marshal for safe disposal.

The man was then allowed to catch his flight.

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