TSA: Man checked missile launcher in luggage

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 21: A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent's patch is seen as she helps travelers place their bags through the 3-D scanner at the Miami International Airport on May 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal officials say they’ve found a missile launcher in a man’s luggage at the airport in Baltimore.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement that the military grade weapon was located in the man’s checked luggage at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

TSA officers called airport police who found the man and detained him for questioning. The unidentified traveler said he was in the military and coming home from Kuwait. He said he wanted to keep the weapon as a souvenir.

The TSA said the missile launcher was “not a live device.” But it was handed over to the state fire marshal for disposal.

The man lives in Jacksonville, Texas, which is about 115 miles (185 kilometers) east of Dallas. He was ultimately allowed to catch his flight home.

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4 comments

  • Matt McCartney

    So………..While 90 year old Norwegian grandmothers flying back to Duluth MN are detained for carrying a letter opener, this guy presents with a highly specialized weapon and is permitted to complete his journey (presumably without an investigation, as he was able to catch his flight) without any legal action? Whether or not the device was functional is irrelevant. Just try and get a box of .45 ACP’s through TSA. Won’t matter if your revolver is 600 miles away. They WILL toss you. They WILL cuff you. Wonder why this guy was special? Non-functional or presentation quality are two distinctions which the TSA has deemed irrelevant in the past. Evidently, this rule is selectively applied.

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