TSA seizes rocket launcher in Baltimore - for second time this week
[NYPOST] Military equipment was seized at Baltimore Washington International Airport on Thursday ‐ the second such seizure in days ‐ after it was brought back on a military flight by a US Air Force sergeant who kept it as a keepsake.
The rocket launch tube was discovered around 5:20 a.m. in the American Airlines baggage area of the airport, located in Maryland, the Office of the State’s Fire Marshal’s Bomb Squad announced.
"It's a TUBE. No rocket"
Before being flown to the US, the "inert" equipment was inspected by US military officials for safety and was "empty of any explosive hazard," according to a blurb from the office. It was returned to the country by a sergeant "as a souvenir of their service abroad."
Authorities said the tube "presents no immediate threat to anyone on the ground," but noted that "there is a slight chance that it could contain pressurized gas and was therefore not allowed on the Sergeant’s connecting commercial flight."
The rocket launch tube was taken in by the bomb squad "until it can be safely returned to the owner."
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reminded passengers earlier this week not to bring explosives or devices that shoot explosives on airplanes ‐ even if they’re just replicas ‐ after finding a fake grenade and a real missile launcher at two different airports.
Posted by: Fred 2019-08-03