TSA seizes terroristy sock monkey, confiscates “gun”

“Appalled and shocked and embarrassed”?

That’s one way of putting it.

That’s how Phyllis May of Redmond, Washingon described her reaction when the brainiacs of the TSA seized a little cloth sock puppet — sock monkey, to be exact — in her bag and discovered the monkey’s nefarious intent:

May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.

“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’” she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”

May said the TSA agent went through the bag, through the sewing supplies and found the two-inch long pistol.

“She said ‘this is a gun,’” said May. “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?’” said May.

The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.

Again (and again and again) I say, you can’t make this stuff up.

The TSA is populated by morons. It wouldn’t be so bad if they were just morons. Because then we could just laugh at them. Unfortunately, many of them are also criminals. And I don’t think theft, harassment, and sexual assault are laughing matters.

I sympathize with Phyllis May, but perhaps she, and millions of other Americans, should be “appalled and shocked and embarrassed” about everything else the TSA is doing — and everything it represents — rather than about the routine idiocy of its agents.

Look for this “gun” to appear in the weekly count of Big Scary Terroristy confiscations by Bloghdad Bob and by the thousands of journalistic suck-ups in American media.

(Photo courtesy of Phyllis May; more photos of “Rooster Monkburn” at the link)

Cross-posted at ABombazine

  • thephoenix1

    REALLY this is just insane just how stupid do you have to be to be TSA agent common sense is DEADin this country

    • RonBonner

      The question of how stupid to be a TSA clerk has been demonstrated.

  • Dolt

    “I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

    Poor Phyllis May. She thinks it is okay for someone to abuse, ridicule, harass, oppress and violate her rights as long as they are “just doing their job”.

  • Chris Bray

    Rooster Monkburn just made the no-fly list.

    • RonBonner

      Rooster Monkburn better be careful. He’s flying while brown and subject to extraordinary rendition.

  • RonBonner

    Phyllis should have demanded a call for police and also to the TSA TSM for that terminal.

    Sad that no major news agency reports on the stupidity that is TSA.

  • Robert Hollis Weber

    I wonder what caliber bullets that thing takes?

  • davidgilmore

    Oh my! That’s hilarious and poor Phyllis May. I could just see her pulling that out on a plane and trying to storm the cockpit door. Who needs fiction with the TSA?

  • Susan Richart

    When you think the purse of one young lady was confiscated because it had a replica of a gun on it, you can, perhaps, begin to understand the mentality of those at the TSA.

    By the way, had I been Phyllis, I would have asked for the agent to call the police or done it myself.

  • Jack Stinglash

    You Yanks are the best! My friends and I alternately laugh and weep at the state of your country (though truth be told, ours isn’t far behind).

    • RonBonner

      We would be happy to send a christmas present your way. Any idea on how to wrap 60,000 idiots?

      • Susan Richart

        Doesn’t the TSA require gifts to be unwrapped? Maybe Saran Wrap would work.

        • But since the human body is over 50% water, they’re all over the allowable liquid restriction. Plus Saran wrap isn’t a pre-approved explosive-proof baggie!

    • TestJeff Pierce

      Are you UK or Australia? I feel bad for the UK since they have no freedom of press, their spy agency works with our NSA, they have more surveillance cameras in London than any other city on earth, and they are lackeys to all the stupidity of the US.

      • Jeff, he’s UK. And that’s why he said “though truth be told, ours isn’t far behind.”