BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man was caught with a missile launcher in his checked bag at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport early Monday morning.

Transportation Security Administration officers detected the launcher and immediately told airport police, who tracked down the traveler and detained him for questioning.

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Credit: TSA

Credit: TSA

The man, who lives in Jacksonville, Texas, told officials he was an active military personnel traveling home from Kuwait and he wanted to keep the missile launcher as a souvenir.

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

The item was not live, they said, but it was confiscated and handed over to the state fire marshal for safe disposal.

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The man was able to catch his flight, officials said.