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TSA Confiscates Sock Monkey’s Toy Gun at St. Louis Airport

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

A woman who sews sock monkey toys for a living ran into a surprising obstacle while trying to board a flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport this week–TSA officials confiscated a two-inch toy pistol that’s an accessory for one of the boys.  More from NBC News:

Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., was travelling from St. Louis on Dec. 3 when she noticed a TSA agent inspecting one of her carry-on bags, according to NBC affiliate King 5.

May sells the dolls and had several sock monkeys and sewing supplies in the bag. One of the monkeys, named “Rooster Monkburn,” after John Wayne’s character “Rooster Cogburn” in the movie “True Grit,” is a cowboy with a two-inch long pistol.

“She said ‘This is a gun,’” May told King 5. “I said ‘No, it’s not a gun, it’s a prop for my monkey.’”

“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘Really?’” May said.

May told King 5 the TSA agent took the monkey’s gun and informed May she was supposed to call the police.

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” she told King 5. “I understand she was doing her job, but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

King 5 reported that the agent did not call police and May was able to keep her sewing supplies and other dolls and board the plane.

In a statement, the TSA defended its action, citing its longstanding policy of prohibiting any replicas of firearms from being allowed onto airplanes.

Image: Sock monkey, via Shutterstock

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DHS: Kids Won’t Have to Remove Shoes for Airport Screenings

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress on Tuesday that new rules will not require children under age 12 to remove their shoes when they go through airport security, The Associated Press reports.

The Transportation Security Administration says the change will be instituted in the coming weeks, along with other policy changes including new ways to conduct security searches of children without resorting to pat-downs.

From the AP:

Napolitano said there may be some exceptions to keep airport security unpredictable. Terrorists have plotted to use children as suicide bombers, and some children still may be required to remove their shoes to keep security random.

“There will always be some unpredictability built into the system, and there will always be random checks even for groups that we are looking at differently, such as children,” she said.

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