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By the Way, A Missile Launcher Makes A Bad Souvenir

By the Way, A Missile Launcher Makes A Bad Souvenir
Jennifer Billock

Repeat after me: A missile launcher is not a good souvenir. TSA agents found one in a man’s checked luggage on a recent flight out of Baltimore; he grabbed it as a souvenir in Kuwait — however, military weapons aren’t allowed on flights, so it was confiscated and then handed over to the authorities.

What would have been a cool souvenir turned into a flight risk on Monday when a man flying home from Kuwait was found with a missile launcher in his checked luggage. Agents at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found the launcher.

“TSA officers immediately contacted airport police who tracked down the traveler and detained him for questioning,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a release. “The man, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, told officials that he was an active military personnel traveling home from Kuwait and he wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir.”

The missile launcher wasn’t live, but it was still confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal. Military weapons of any type aren’t allowed on flights, not in carry-on or checked baggage. Luckily for the passenger, he was released in time to catch his flight.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, though, joked about the incident on Twitter, tweeting a photo of the missile launcher with this message:


[Featured Image: Twitter/ @TSAmedia_LisaF]

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