Airport security suspicious of clown

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BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- A 60-year-old clown says he was stopped and searched by security at a British airport when he tried to board a flight in his costume.

Dave Vaughn said when he attempted to board a flight at Birmingham International Airport dressed as PC Konk the clown, he was stopped by security and told to remove his costume, The Mail on Sunday reported.


Vaughn, who was to provide entertainment on a flight for disadvantage youth, said airport guards then deemed his plastic handcuffs as a security risk.

"My plastic scissors and camera got through fine, as did my funny glasses and bubble machine, but then they discovered my plastic toy handcuffs," Vaughn said of the recent incident. "I told them I had bought them from the Early Learning Center especially for the trip but they still said they were a risk."

The clown entertainer told the Mail he was finally allowed to board his flight after the guards determined a metal clasp holding up his clown pants had set off metal detectors and prompted their initial concern.

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