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Man stopped from bringing military mortar onto plane at Dulles

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DULLES, Va. -

A man was stopped from bringing a 60 mm mortar aboard a plane in his checked baggage at Dulles Airport Sunday.

Screeners spotted the mortar round, stopped the man and TSA explosives experts responded. They determined the military weapon was inert.

Officials at the Transportation Security Administration say in a press release, “The man had just flown into the country and was passing through IAD on his way to Denver when TSA officers detected the mortar round in his baggage. The man surrendered the mortar round to TSA.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens approximately 1.8 million passengers and their luggage every day for prohibited items, including weapons and explosives.

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