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TSA Confiscates Toy Ray Gun Belt Buckle

| by Michael Allen

Sean Malone claims that his toy ray gun belt buckle was confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) a few days ago.

Malone posted a picture of the offending toy on Instagram and described it on his blog as a "1950s Flash Gordon-style RAYGUN!! A fictional weapon. A child's toy."

"I lost my favorite belt buckle to the TSA at Los Angeles International Airport, because - they claimed - it was a 'replica' of a gun," wrote Malone.

Malone told Reason.com via email that he was first questioned about the belt buckle by a TSA official in the Philadelphia airport.

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"Yeah, there's something in there that's kind of shaped like a gun," said the TSA agent, claims Malone.

"Listen, you can either go back out of security and put this in your check luggage, or we'll confiscate it," added the TSA agent.

Malone told the TSA agent that the belt buckle was a toy, but she replied, "What if you take this object out of your bag and point it, like a gun, at a police officer? He would have no choice to assume that it was a gun, and take action against you."

The TSA agent took Malone's belt buckle to her supervisor, who approved it for flying.

However, when Malone arrived at LAX for a connecting flight, his belt buckle was seized again by a TSA agent who said it is their policy to reject all "replica weapons."

Sources: Reason.com, Sean Malone