A US military serviceman was stopped upon arriving at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a military missile launcher was discovered in his checked luggage.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) discovered the device as part of routine screening and alerted airport police to locate and detain the bag’s owner.
A statement released later by TSA confirmed that the device was not live and has since been turned over to the Maryland fire marshal for disposal.
It has been reported that the man, a member of the US military and a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, was returning from a tour of duty in Kuwait. He secured the missile launcher at some point during his tour and wanted to keep the spent munition as a souvenir of his time in the service.
The man has since been cleared and was allowed to return home.
.@TSA officers at @BWI_Airport detected this missile launcher in a checked bag early this morning. Man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir. Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead! pic.twitter.com/AQ4VBPtViG— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) 29 July 2019