Guns

Ridiculous? TSA Detains Teen Because of Gun-Themed Purse

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

First the TSA allegedly strip searches a feeble old lady, now a teenager misses her flight because of a gun-themed purse. What is going through the minds of these supposedly well-trained agents?

Vanessa Gibbs was trying to board a flight in Norfolk, Virginia to her home in Jacksonville, Florida recently when she was stopped at security. It seems her purse emblazoned with a tiny, hollow gun was literally a federal offense.

"She (the TSA agent) was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun,'" Gibbs News4Jax.com. "I'm like, 'But it's a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?'"

The genius agents finally figured out the gun was just a design, but they still told Gibbs it could not be carried onto the plane. It would have to be checked. But by this time she had missed her flight.

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As it always does, the TSA stands by its actions, saying replica guns have been banned on planes since 2002.

"Security checkpoints may be impacted or closed because replica weapons like toy guns, novelty grenades, fake bombs and other items appear similar to the real thing when viewed through an X-ray machine," TSA spokesman Greg Soule told CNN. "Checkpoint closures cause significant delays, which can be avoided if passengers don't bring these items to the airport."

Gibbs pointed out that she has taken the purse on several flights without incident, including the flight down to Virginia.