Pennsylvania Transportation Security Administration officers on Monday found disassembled parts of a military rocket launcher in a registered bag of a Florida man.
After assembling the parts, officials determined that the launcher was a realistic replica.
Officials also found an “inert copy” of the grenade, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said Tuesday. “Thank God,” neither the grenade nor the grenade launcher worked, “commented Farbstein. A man from St. Augustine, Florida, was traveling from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Orlando, Florida, the TSA said.
The man told authorities that he believed he could have brought a replica launcher in his registered bag, TSA reported. “Contrary to the passenger’s opinion, however, no realistic or imitation weapons are allowed on the aircraft,” the TSA said in a statement. release. “We remind you that persons who bring weapons and their copies to the airport may be subject to a civil fine of up to $ 13,000.”
The TSA says the items were confiscated and the man was able to board the plane back to Florida.