A Washington state woman traveling from St. Louis to Seattle was shocked and embarrassed after TSA agents confiscated her sock monkey’s two inch toy pistol.
Phillis May, owner and creator of the cowboy sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” hoped to bring several of her toy creations as well as her sewing kit on-board for the Wednesday flight home.
While going through the airport screening process, May quickly discovered her carry-on bag to be missing. Shortly after, she looked up to find her bag confiscated in the hands of TSA.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” May told King 5 News. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
After digging through May’s possessions, TSA officers located Monkburn’s trusted toy sidearm, immediately confronting May over the discovery.
“She said ‘this is a gun.’ I said no, it’s not a gun, it’s a prop for my monkey,” May said.
Incredibly, the TSA agent went on to claim that the toy pistol was so realistic, that no one would be able to tell the miniature toy gun from a real one.
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’” May said.
The toy gun was quickly confiscated, but not before TSA agents threatened to call the police, alleging that TSA protocol required them to do so.