US transport security officers confiscated a missile launcher from a checked bag at a Washington-area airport on Monday.

US transport security officers confiscated a missile launcher from a checked bag at a Washington-area airport on Monday, with a Texas man saying it was a memento from Kuwait.

The launcher was found “early this morning” at Baltimore/Washington Worldwide airport, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein tweeted.

The “man acknowledged he was bringing it once more from Kuwait as a memento. Perhaps he must have picked up a keychain instead!” she wrote.

The TSA issued an announcement on the incident, saying that “the individual, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, instructed officers that he was an vigorous navy personnel.”

“Fortunately the merchandise was not a dwell gadget. It was confiscated and handed over to the state hearth marshal for safe disposal. The individual was permitted to catch his flight,” TSA acknowledged.

The assertion included pictures of what appears to be the launch tube for a Griffin missile, which producer Raytheon says is a “precise, low-collateral-damage weapon for irregular warfare operations.”

It “has a confirmed observe file for worthwhile speedy integration on land, sea and air platforms,” in step with Raytheon.

Nonetheless the TSA acknowledged that the missile’s launcher can’t, nonetheless, be built-in into baggage: “Military weapons won’t be permitted in checked or carry-on baggage.”

(This story has been revealed from a wire firm feed with out modifications to the textual content material. Solely the headline has been modified.)

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Jul 30, 2019 08:42 IST