TSA confiscates toy pistol from woman’s sock monkey, threatens to call police
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A vigilant TSA agent in St. Louis threatened to call police on a woman after she disagreed with the decision to confiscate a toy gun from her sock monkey, a local TV station reported.
Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., told King5.com that she was moving through security at the St. Louis airport on Dec. 3 when an agent seized one of her bags for inspection.
Inside the bag was “Rooster Monkburn,” a cowboy sock monkey themed after the John Wayne character from “True Grit.” The doll carried a two-inch-long toy gun, King5 reported.
“(The agent) said ‘This is a gun,’” May told the station. “I said no, it’s not a gun, it’s a prop for my monkey.”
May tried to laugh off the incident, but the agent confiscated the toy gun and told May that she would have to call police, May said. Eventually, the agent decided not to make the call and returned most of May’s belongings, although she kept the tiny pistol.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May said. “I understand she was doing her job, but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”AlertMe