TSA Officials Find Missile Launcher In Texas Man’s Luggage
Nothing says, “I’ve been to Kuwait!” like a missile launcher keepsake.
At least that seems to be the explanation one Texas man provided officials at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after they discovered the device in his checked luggage.
Transportation Security Administration found the bestickered gray, yellow and black Griffin missile launcher during a routine baggage screening, according to a statement. The agency says that airport police tracked down the unnamed man from Jacksonville, Texas, and that he told authorities he is an active-duty member of the U.S. military.
“Man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein wrote in a tweet.
.@TSA officers at @BWI_Airport detected this missile launcher in a checked bag early this morning. Man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir. Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead! pic.twitter.com/AQ4VBPtViG
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) July 29, 2019
Turns out, that’s not allowed. Military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags, even when the weapon in question — like the item snugly tucked inside the man’s suitcase — is not a live device.
“Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead!” Farbstein added.
The inert rocket launcher was confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal, and the man was permitted to catch his flight.
— Sayance (@Sayance1) July 29, 2019