Headline: Airport Security Good Only as a Target of Mockery
Okay, that wasn’t really the headline. But it should have been. The story:
Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun – because it was a safety threat.
Ken Lloyd was stunned when he was told he could not go on the plane with the nine-inch model soldier because it was carrying a ‘firearm’.
The Canadian tourist and his wife had bought the toy, which holds a replica SA80 rifle, during a visit to the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Camp in Dorset.
But when he tried to take the £135 keepsake through Gatwick Airport in his hand luggage it triggered a security alert at the scanners.
Here’s the toy:
You can see why they were concerned. The “gun” was detachable, after all.
A few points:
- I’d like to make this a joke about English wuss-ism, but we all know damn well the same thing could happen here in the U.S.
- That “toy” cost a hundred thirty-five pounds? That’s like two hundred bucks!
- What if it had been a toy Darth Vader with a lightsaber?
Of course, if the miniature replica firearm is a firearm, then the miniature replica person is a person. They are lucky they were not made to buy the toy soldier an airline ticket.