If you combed through the TSA’s confiscated items, you’d probably find some pretty surprising stuff, but few are more baffling than a missile launcher.
On Monday morning, officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport found a missile launcher in a man’s checked bag, and of course, it was immediately taken away.
Lucky for him, the passenger did not face any consequences apart from the launcher’s confiscation, and was allowed to catch his flight. The TSA did, however, use the incident as a reminder to the public that there are specific rules about the transportation of firearms and ammunitions and that they should be checked prior to heading to the airport. It wrote in a tweet, “Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead!”
.@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 juillet 2019
According to TSA Public Affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, it’s pretty common for TSA officers to find firearms in travelers’ luggage. At Pittsburgh International Airport alone, 23 guns were stopped at the airport this year.