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TSA Officials Find Missile Launcher In Texas Man’s Luggage

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.

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.

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