At what point did bringing anything that looked remotely like a rocket propelled grenade through TSA seem like a good idea? Oh… wait its FLORIDA MAN! Apparently a man brought a de milled RPG with a replica projectile in his checked baggage.
Fox35 reports that A Florida man’s plans to bring a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher back home were shot down after security screeners at a Pennsylvania airport spotted the non-functioning weapon in his checked bag.
The Transportation Security Administration says the unassembled parts of the launcher and a replica grenade were found on Monday when an alarm went off as the bag passed through security equipment at Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown.
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.@TSA officers detected the unassembled parts of a military rocket propelled grenade launcher in a man’s checked bag at @FLYLVIA yesterday. When assembled, the launcher was determined to be non-functioning and the grenade an inert replica. (Thank goodness!) pic.twitter.com/hrBt5ECdpJ
— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) March 5, 2019
According to a TSA press release The traveler told officials that he believed the item could be brought on the flight in a checked bag. Contrary the passenger’s belief, however, no realistic or replica weapons are permitted to be brought onto airplanes. The items were confiscated and the man was able to continue on to his flight to Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).
As a reminder, individuals who bring weapons and replica weapons to the airport are subject to possible civil penalties of up to $13,000. The complete list of penalties is posted online.