TSA seize tiny, itsy-bitsy gun from sock-monkey


The sock monkey above is called "Rooster Monkburn," and he was created by Phillis May, who makes a sells sock monkeys. When Ms May and her husband traversed the TSA checkpoint at SEA-TAC St Louis airport, an eagle-eyed TSA operative noticed that Rooster was sporting a sub-two-inch toy pistol, which she seized, threatening to call police. Altogether, now, everyone: U! S! A! U! S! A! U! S! A!

May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.

“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “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?’” said May.

The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.

“I said well go ahead,” said May. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”

“She took my monkey’s gun,” said May, who has retained her sense of humor.

TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's toy pistol [Susan Wyatt/King 5 News]

(Thanks, Gary!)

(Image: Phyllis May)

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  1. I'd feel more scared if someone held a tube of Chap-Stik to my neck than a two-inch long gun.

    but I'm not a TSA agent, so I don't know much about scaring people.

  2. xzzy says:

    Is that really the criteria? If it's pressed to your neck and it feels like a gun, it's forbidden?

    So I guess markers are no longer permitted on airplanes?

  3. I will give up my toy gun when you pry it from my cold dead sockmonkey paws.

    I know my rights.

  4. Obligatory...

  5. kuato says:

    a very small terrorist could easily use this tiny gun to pose as a full sized fully armed terrorist who is simply standing far away

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