Airport security officials stopped a woman who was carrying a pair of gun-shaped shoes in her carry-on bag.
On Feb. 28, a woman was questioned at a security checkpoint at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport because of her stilettos that were fashioned into the image of a silver gun. The shoes and matching bracelets were adorned with false bullets.
Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), said the woman was told that the shoes could be placed inside checked luggage, but anything that constitutes “replica guns or ammunition” is not permitted to go through airport security checkpoints.
"We want to remind travelers that they should not bring replica guns or ammunition to checkpoints," Farbstein wrote in an email, according to The Baltimore Sun. "It will definitely slow them down, slow down their traveling companions who are waiting for them, and it will slow down the checkpoint lines for other travelers."
The woman tried to check the gun-inspired footwear at the ticket counter, but ultimately left the shoes with TSA in order to make her flight.
The shoes were from a company called Pleaser USA, which has dubbed itself to be “the leader in sexy and alternative footwear," according to The Baltimore Sun. The heels, complete with 7.5-inch barrel heels, are a signature feature of the Bondgirl 701-3 Gun Heel Platform Sandals, one of the company's most popular products.
Elody Romero, Pleaser USA spokeswoman, said she had never heard of the footwear being questions by airport security officials during the nine years she has worked with the company.
"This is definitely the first time we've heard of a problem with our shoes," Romero told NBC News.
Pleaser USA now plans to add notices to boxes containing the gun-shaped footwear to warn customers to use caution when wearing or transporting the shoes.
"We don't want anyone to have issues with their flights, in case people put them in their carry-on instead of checking them," Romero said. "You would never assume that a heel with a gun shape on it would have this kind of feedback from the TSA."