TSA seize non-functioning grenade launcher at Pa. airport

Kim Glovas
March 05, 2019 - 2:24 pm
The Transportation Security Administration seized a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher at Lehigh Valley International Airport.

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Transportation Security Administration seized a military rocket-propelled grenade launcher at Lehigh Valley International Airport Monday.

A Florida man tried to check a bag with the unassembled parts inside. The bag contained the barrel, trigger, sights and a grenade. 

Upon further investigation, TSA determined is was not a functioning launcher and the grenade was a realistic replica. 

The man was detained and questioned at his departure gate by police. The man told authorities he thought he was allowed to bring the replica weapons aboard in a checked bag. 

The launcher was confiscated by police, and he was then allowed to catch his flight to Orlando. 

TSA says anyone who bring weapons or replica weapons on a plane could face penalties up to $13,000.