Toy Perceived as Threat at Airport
I’ve never been one to question authority since, like most of us, I was raised to respect those in uniforms; however, if I would have been around when this happened, I don’t think I could help but respond with, “Are you serious?!”
A dedicated dad and world traveler says he takes his son’s Toy Story “Woody” cowboy doll with him when he travels to take pictures of the doll in all the different settings he visits for his son to see, kind of like Where’s Waldo or Flat Stanley. And, to date, the man has had no trouble getting the doll through airport security, until he and Woody entered Heathrow Airport.
Security agents were so concerned with the doll’s miniature 6-shooter, measuring less than 2 inches in length that they confiscated it, labeling it a terror risk.
Apparently Woody dolls are not typically sold with a gun because in the movie, Woody’s holster is empty, so maybe that’s why agents were concerned.
According to the traveler, the agent was quite nice about the whole situation and even tried to get the Department for Transport to override the rule.
A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said, “Airports and airlines can use their discretion to remove any item being carried in hand luggage when they believe it may be perceived as a threat.”
Apparently, security agents felt threatened by Woody’s gun. And, to think, TSA was going to allow people to carry small pocket knives!
Really? Am I the only one who finds this utterly crazy?! Security agents CHOSE to waste time on a 2-inch, toy gun instead of, gee, I don’t know, maybe watching REAL PEOPLE to see if REAL threats existed?!
What do you think, readers? Was this situation handled properly? Do you think agents wasted valuable time? Would you have handled this situation differently?
As always, looking forward to your thoughts, comments, opinion and reactions!
Posted by Ginger Hill on Feb 11, 2014