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Iraq veteran ex-Marine says TSA unfairly confiscated his hollowed-out ammo cartridge pendant

09 Aug 2019 Daily Mail Online

An Iraqi veteran ex-Marine was left furious after a hollowed-out ammo cartridge pendant that was a gift from his girlfriend was confiscated by TSA.

Aaron Bradley, 43, was walking through security in Reagan National Airport in Washington when he was told the engraved necklace, which had a love letter hidden inside, was not allowed.

Mr Bradley, who has done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded to keep the one-of-a-kind pendant but was told it resembled a 'simulator', according to the Star Tribune.

Aaron Bradley (pictured), 43, was walking through security in Reagan National Airport in Washington when he was told the engraved necklace, which had a love letter hidden inside, was not allowed.

He told the newspaper: 'It was 100 per cent approved by the TSA. There is nothing that would warrant what happened. There needs to be repercussions.' 

Mr Bradley, from Eagan, Minnesota, says the necklace was not previously confiscated when he wore it through airport security in Minneapolis on a trip to see his military friends. 

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Mr Bradley was forced to watch a supervisor throw the pendant away, according to the publication.

He said: 'She said, 'You can file a complaint,' and she handed me a card. She didn't care… The necklace was near and dear to my heart.'

Mr Bradley was forced to watch a supervisor throw the pendant away (stock photo)

The pendant, which was a Christmas gift from a girlfriend, was engraved with the Marines emblem. 

His girlfriend Janelle Verke is now considering contacting an attorney, telling the publication: 'We know it's gone forever. There needs to be accountability.'

The TSA told the publication that they had made arrangements to return the item after it was placed in a 'prohibited bin'. 

A spokesperson said: 'In general, real and replica ammunition is not permitted past checkpoints'.

Original Link: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7341125/Iraq-veteran-ex-Marine-says-TSA-unfairly-confiscated-hollowed-ammo-cartridge-pendant.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490

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