TSA Seizes Sock Monkey’s Toy Gun

National Review – by Andrew Johnson

TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock money, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.

“[The agent] said ‘this is a gun,’” said Phyllis May, recounting the experience to fly back to her home in Washington state. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”  

May, who has a small business selling sock monkeys, was also questioned for bringing the sewing supplies she uses to make the stuffed animals in her carry-on bag. TSA agents told her they would have to confiscate the miniature firearm and call the police, although Washington’s KING-TV reports that the TSA never did call the authorities. May’s sewing supplies were ultimately returned to her.

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May quipped. “I understand [the TSA agent] was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

May had named the disarmed monkey Rooster Monkburn after Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne’s character in the film True Grit.


2 thoughts on “TSA Seizes Sock Monkey’s Toy Gun

  1. This surprises me that the TSA didn’t call the local swat teem in to arrest that no good terrorist one eyed monkey. It’s obvious that with a patch over his eye he was a evil character and should have been radiated to the max. As to the firearm, he should have known better as it’s been in the news that you can’t take firearms on a plane. He should be busted and spend the rest of his days at GITMO. THROW THE BOOK AT HIM.
    On another note, Can you believe the ignorance of these agents in the TSA?

  2. LOL. I was going to send Henry this one late last night, but fell asleep at the computer before I sent it (or anything for that matter)

    24K OG was to blame, I believe. 🙂

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