On Monday, the US transport security officer had seized a missile launcher from a checked bag at an airport in Washington, with Texas man claims that it was a “souvenir” from Kuwait.
The launcher was booked “early this morning” at Baltimore/Washington International Airport, informed the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson Lisa Farbstein on Twitter.
Ms. Farbstein wrote, the “man said he was bringing it back from Kuwait as a souvenir. Perhaps he should have picked up a keychain instead!”
The TSA has issued a statement on the incident, claims that “the man, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, told officials that he was an active military personnel.”
“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 permitted to catch his flight,” added the TSA.
His statement include the images of what appeared to be the launch tove for a Griffin Missile, which manufacturer Raytheon claims is a “precise, low-collateral-damage weapon for irregular warfare operations.”
According to Raytheon, it “has a proven track record for successful rapid integration on land, sea and air platforms.’
However, the TSA said that the launcher of the missile cannot be integrated into luggage as “Military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags.”