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Monkeyshines

From the you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up department:

Last week, TSA agents at the St. Louis airport confiscated a gun–from a sock monkey!

The monkey, Rooster Monkburn (homage to John Wayne in True Grit), was traveling from St. Louis to Washington in the company of his creator, doll-maker Phyllis May.  Actually, he was traveling in Ms. May’s carry-on bag, along with some sewing supplies. A keen-eyed TSA agent spotted the dual threat, pulled the bag from the conveyor belt, and called Ms. May over. Removing Rooster’s pistol from its holster she informed Ms. May that, “This is a gun.” The sewing supplies were confiscated, as was the gun. All two-inches of it (check out the photo). Ms. May got her needles and thread back, but the sock-monkey cowboy had to make the trip unarmed.

The TSA’s response? “TSA officers are dedicated to keeping the nation’s transportation security systems safe and secure for the traveling public. Under longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags.”

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I sure will sleep better tonight knowing that my safety, and the safety of my friends and loved ones, is in such good hands.