TSA seize tiny, itsy-bitsy gun from sock-monkey


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2013/12/09/tsa-seize-tiny-itsy-bitsy-gun.html


#2

I think that that monkey, and its gun, represent an existential threat to The Sockpuppets That Defend America.

Little banana-eater is lucky he isn’t getting a ‘Cuban Experience’ right now…


#3

I’d feel more scared if someone held a tube of Chap-Stik to my neck than a two-inch long gun.

but I’m not a TSA agent, so I don’t know much about scaring people.


#4

Is that really the criteria? If it’s pressed to your neck and it feels like a gun, it’s forbidden?

So I guess markers are no longer permitted on airplanes?


#5

It’s lipstick you have to watch out for…


#6

Can we please get a name for this mental-giant, so we can subject the agent to the appropriate level of mocking and derision?


#7

I will give up my toy gun when you pry it from my cold dead sockmonkey paws.

I know my rights.


#8

Reminds me of this (genius) tweet from Billmon: https://twitter.com/billmon1/status/369596291749511168


#9

So they took the toy gun from the monkey, but let the woman through with her sewing supplies, which I’m guessing included sharp needles. [Keep in mind there are specific devices designed to prevent them from penetrating their user’s skin, that’s how easily they can pierce someone’s flesh.]

The movie Idiocracy was not meant to be a prophecy or a blueprint, people!


#10

Causing much more than discomfort with basic sewing needles takes some doing; but they had no idea if they were coated with anything…

“Stop! I hold at your neck the gom jabbar … the high-handed enemy. It’s a needle with a drop of poison on its tip …”


#11

So what, Jim Henson was the leader of the biggest terrorist group before he died? Are the Muppets a security threat? Does Kermit have a secret agenda to bring about the end of the United States government?

If you said yes to any of these, you might work for the TSA!


#12

I, for one, welcome our gun toting sock monkey overlords!


#13

Rooster Monkburn is looking a might puny; he could use more paunch.


#14

Oh, I don’t know. Seems to me that in this instance the TSA was actually doing its job.


#15

Not to be “that guy” but the article looks like it says she was in St. Louis, going to SeaTac when she was stopped?

Never mind, I am that guy.


#16

There is only one solution to this problem, BUDGET CUTS.


#17

Obligatory…


#18

It all seems pretty strange if you consider that we’re allowed to bring knitting needles onto flights. I have some aluminum US10 needles that could end a few zombies without too much effort. Those aren’t dangerous, but a 2" toy incapable of firing a projectile? That’s what’s dangerous.


#19

The TSA does a good job of providing jobs to high-school dropouts. While there may be some exceptional high-school dropouts and others that have skilled blue collar jobs, those are not the high-school dropouts working for the TSA… keeping 'murka safe.


#20

We have a new threat and we need to take this seriously people. Tiny terrorists putting tiny toy guns to our heads. Thank god for this alert savior.