SEATTLE – A cowboy sock monkey’s tiny toy pistol was no laughing matter for the Transportation Security Administration.
A Redmond, Wash., woman said a TSA agent seized the replica weapon as she passed through the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Phyllis May said she was “appalled and shocked and embarrassed” about the Dec. 3 incident.
May has a business selling sock monkey dolls. She says she was on her way back to Washington state when a TSA agent went through her bag and found the monkey’s 2-inch toy pistol.
The TSA agent said she’d have to confiscate the toy.
The TSA issued a statement Monday saying that under “longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags.”