Monday 19 August 2019

Man tries to take ‘souvenir’ rocket launcher on plane

The passenger said he was in the military and that the weapon was a souvenir from Kuwait.

A rocket launcher confiscated from a man’s luggage at a US airport (Transport Security Administration/PA)
A rocket launcher confiscated from a man’s luggage at a US airport (Transport Security Administration/PA)

By Alistair Mason, PA

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.

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.

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