TSA agent takes toy pistol from cowboy sock monkey in St. Louis

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” owner says. “I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
By Evan Bleier   |   Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM   |   Comments

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Dec. 9 (UPI) --A Transportation Security Administration agent stripped cowboy sock monkey "Rooster Monkburn" of his toy pistol before his owners could take him aboard a flight from St. Louis to Sea-Tac airport on Wednesday.

Phyllis May, of Redmond, Wash., has a business selling sock monkey dolls and she had a couple with her when she and her husband attempted to board the flight.

But after seeing Rooster Monkburn’s two-inch gun -- his name refers to True Grit character Rooster Cogburn -- a vigilant TSA agent had other ideas.

“She said ‘this is a gun,’” May said. “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 agent confiscated the gun and told May she had to call the police. “I said well go ahead,” May said. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”

She tried to find the humor in the ridiculousness of the situation. “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?”

The agent did not end up calling the police.


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