Airport security workers and the TSA are constantly hard at work combatting terrorism and other threats to national security (occasionally at the expense of personal privacy). Sometimes, however, their judgment is a bit questional. When Ken Lloyd and his wife were passing through airport security, an alarm went off. They were pulled aside where their possessions were inspected. Turns out the Lloyds were trying to smuggle a weapon past security.
But this wasn’t a loaded weapon, or anything that could come close to being considered dangerous. Instead, personnel found a three-inch replica rifle that came along with a toy soldier.
Even after explaining that it was only a toy, and after getting x-rayed for tiny bullets, the toy rifle wasn’t allowed onto the plane and had to be mailed back home in an envelop—an envelope that had to be scanned once again before it was finally allowed to leave airport security.
Adam Forty, a Royal Signals Museum’s (where the toy soldier was purchased) spokesman, said:
“The Royal Signals Museum is a military museum and takes security very seriously, especially around military installations and airports, but this does seem more than a little excessive. “The ‘firearm’ is three inches long and cast out of resin. It’s probably just as well we didn’t sell her a toy tank.”
As for the toy soldier; once he’s reunited with his weapon, he should be fighting some tiny terrorism of his own in no time.