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A man was stopped at an airport when officials noticed he had a missile launcher in his luggage.
The passenger, from Jacksonville in Texas, told police at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Monday that he was in the military and bringing the weapon home as a “souvenir" from Kuwait.
.@TSA officers at @BWI_Airport detected this missile launcher in a checked bag early this morning. Man said he was… https://t.co/adQww4JGTr— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) 1564410628.0
In a statement, the US Transportation Security Administration said: “Military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags.
“Fortunately the item was not a live device. It was confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal."
The man was then allowed to continue with his journey.
Believe it or not, many Twitter users were on the passenger's side.
@CaptRogerVictor @TSAmedia_LisaF @TSA @BWI_Airport Harmless expended rocket-launcher tube. One that cannot be used… https://t.co/noEFFLXGeT— Sean 💀 (@Sean 💀) 1564423370.0
@TSAmedia_LisaF @TSA @BWI_Airport I'm sorry, what's the issue here? Just a man trying to bring home his missile launcher— 16 Handles fan accou🎄 (@16 Handles fan accou🎄) 1564416408.0
@TSAmedia_LisaF @TSA @BWI_Airport The worst he can do is bonk someone over the head with that since its already spent.— That Motivator. (@That Motivator.) 1564426166.0
@TSAmedia_LisaF @DHSgov @TSA @BWI_Airport An expended non reusable rocket launcher is waaay cooler than a keychain.… https://t.co/jitHaJQESS— Jelly_doh_nut (@Jelly_doh_nut) 1564431082.0
But also, no one noticed until he got to the States?
@TSAmedia_LisaF @TSA @BWI_Airport The failure to find it until BWI is mind numbing.— Anthony DeCristofaro♒️ (@Anthony DeCristofaro♒️) 1564421831.0
@TSAmedia_LisaF @TSA @BWI_Airport How many airports had this bag been through before it was caught?— Brendan Woodbury (@Brendan Woodbury) 1564428074.0
@TSAmedia_LisaF @DHSgov @TSA @BWI_Airport What I would like to know is how the heck did it get in the plane in the first place..— Ramiro Hoyos (@Ramiro Hoyos) 1564429296.0
Nothing to see here...