TSA were not monkeying around on Wednesday when they confiscated the 2-inch long pistol of a monkey doll.
Seattle’s King 5 TV reported that Phyllis May, of Redmond, Wash., was on her way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac with her husband, carrying some materials for her unique sock monkey doll business. She had sewing supplies and a couple of monkeys on her, including Rooster Monkburn, a cuddly version of John Wayne’s pistol-toting character in “True Grit,” Rooster Cogburn.
As May and her husband were going through security, she noticed one of their bags was missing.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
The agent went through the bag and picked out Rooster Monkburn and the sewing supplies. She held up the two-inch pistol.
“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “I said no, it’s not a gun, it’s a prop for my monkey.”
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’”
The TSA agent told May she was supposed to call the police in such circumstances.
“I said, well go ahead,” said May. “And I said, really? You’re kidding me, right? And she said ‘no, it looks like a gun.’”
Luckily, the incident didn’t escalate from there. The TSA agent did not end up calling the police, and returned May’s sewing supplies to her. The gun, however, was confiscated.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May said.
“I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
While May’s monkey business was humorous, if not a little absurd, TSA also logs a growing list of more serious complaints. ABombazine blog author Lisa Simeone compiles an ongoing master list of TSA Crimes and Abuses, including, recently, a TSA officer who was arrested for taking photos up a woman’s dress and officers insisting on patting down a 6-year-old girl in a knee brace that set off the metal detector, after being alerted by the girl’s grandmother.