US airport security discover ‘souvenir’ missile launcher in passenger’s checked luggage

The missile launcher was in a traveller's checked luggage (Picture: TSA/Twitter)

A man has been stopped by airport security in the US because he had a missile launcher in his luggage.

The traveller had placed the military grade weapon in his checked baggage when flying from Kuwait to Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland.

The passenger told airport staff he wanted to keep the missile launcher as a “souvenir”.

The man was detained for questioning at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (Picture: Getty)
The man flew to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland from Kuwait (Picture: Getty)

Security staff contacted airport police who detained the man for questioning.

He told them he was a military worker and was coming home from Kuwait.

The weapon was turned over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal, officials said.

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In a statement, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said “the man, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, told officials that he was an active military personnel”.

It added: "Fortunately, the item was not a live device.

“It was confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal."

The TSA said the man was allowed to catch his connecting flight home to Texas.

Military weapons are prohibited items in checked or carry on luggage.

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