A St. Augustine man was stopped by officials Tuesday after trying to board a flight from Pennsylvania to the Orlando Sanford International Airport with a fake grenade and a real, unassembled rocket-propelled launcher.
The man's bag set off an alarm at the Lehigh Valley International Airport as it went through the Transportation Security Administration's baggage security system, according to a TSA press release.
.@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
The man told officials that he believed taking the replica in a checked bag was allowed, according to the press release.
"Contrary the passenger's belief, however, no realistic or replica weapons are permitted to be brought onto airplanes," the TSA says.
The items were confiscated, and the passenger was allowed to continue his trip to the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
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