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TSA found a missile launcher in checked luggage at a Maryland airport

He told the officers that he wanted to keep the launcher as a souvenir.

A missile launcher was found in a man's checked luggage at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland on Monday morning, Transportation Security Administration officers said.

TSA officials said they tracked down the traveler and detained him for questions. The man, a resident of Jacksonville, Texas, told TSA officials that he is an active military member and was traveling home from Kuwait.

He told the officers that he wanted to keep the launcher as a souvenir.

TSA says military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on luggage and the item was confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal. The launcher was not a live device, TSA officials said.

The man was able to catch his flight.