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TSA confiscates toy monkey's two inch pistol for being too realistic

Published time: December 09, 2013 18:45
AFP Photo /  Kevork Djansezian

AFP Photo / Kevork Djansezian

The Transportation Security Administration apparently has a new individual on its watch list: a cowboy sock monkey based off John Wayne’s character in the film “True Grit.”

The sock monkey, named “Rooster MonkBurn” after Wayne’s “Rooster Cogburn,” may look innocent, but it was his pistol that attracted the attention of a TSA agent in St. Louis, Missouri.

Phyllis May, who runs a small business selling sock monkey dolls out of Redmond, Washington, was traveling from St. Louis to Seattle with her husband when she realized her carry-on luggage wasn’t coming through baggage inspection.

Soon after she realized her luggage was missing, a TSA agent held it up in the air and asked whose bag it was. May recognized it and spoke up. In her bag were a couple of sock monkey dolls and sewing supplies, along with Rooster Monkburn’s 2-inch toy pistol accessory.

“[The TSA agent] said ‘this is a gun,’” May told local King 5 News, which broke the story. “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 recalled.

The agent wasn’t swayed by May’s explanation, and eventually told her that she would have to take the gun. The agent added that procedure dictated she’d have to call the police.

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

Although May stated she was “shocked” and “embarrassed” by the incident, she also tried to take a lighthearted look at the situation.

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

Ultimately, the agent did not call the police and returned the monkeys and sewing supplies to their owner. The toy gun, however, remains in TSA custody.

Comments (15)

 

Karl Marks 06.02.2014 23:01

Wilson Boozer 27.12.2013 15:18

A two inch gun? I suppose that "terrorists& ;amp;quo t; are now Lilliputian people with the tiny hands that would be necessary to pull the trigger! In what institution do they find TSA agents?

  


It all starts to sound like dialog that never made it into Zoolander or Idiocracy. Braindead robots in their electric blue blouses...what a complete image of criminal stupidity.

 

Wilson Boozer 27.12.2013 15:18

A two inch gun? I suppose that "terrorists&quo t; are now Lilliputian people with the tiny hands that would be necessary to pull the trigger! In what institution do they find TSA agents?

 

Aaron Garton 10.12.2013 22:46

Once again, the TSA mongoloids make a mess of things.

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