TSA detects air-to-ground missile tube in traveler’s luggage at BWI Airport

Local Press Release
Monday, July 29, 2019
Missile tube detected by TSA officers in a checked bag this morning, July 29. (TSA photo)

BALTIMORE – Transportation Security Administration officers at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport detected an air-to-ground missile tube in a man’s checked luggage early this morning, July 29.

TSA officers immediately contacted airport police who tracked down the traveler and detained him for questioning. The man, a resident of

Missle Tube
Jacksonville, Texas, told officials that he was an active military personnel traveling home from Kuwait and he wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir.

Military weapons are not permitted in checked or carry-on bags.

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.