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Weird TSA Find of the Week: a Missile Launcher

Active-duty member of the armed services had put it in his luggage
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2019 5:00 AM CDT
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In this July 2019 photo released by the the Transportation Security Administration, a section of a missile launcher is seen at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore.   (Transportation Security Administration via AP)

(Newser) – Transportation Security Administration officers have found some strange things in travelers' baggage, and on Monday, they found a missile launcher. The weapon, which was not loaded or "live," was found in a checked bag at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, and the bag's owner—a man from Jacksonville, Texas—was located by airport police and detained for questioning, the Baltimore Sun reports. He explained that he's active-duty military and was bringing the launcher back from Kuwait as a souvenir. "Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead," a TSA rep tweeted. Military weapons, while not illegal, are not allowed in baggage. The man was released and caught his flight; the missile launcher was given to the state fire marshal for disposal, CNN reports. (Last year, TSA found $1 million ... in change.)

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