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A Toilet Paper Gun Got a Passenger in Trouble With the TSA

A Toilet Paper Gun Got a Passenger in Trouble With the TSA
Jennifer Billock

When the Transportation Security Administration says you can’t bring guns through airline security, they mean every type of gun—whether it’s real, fake, or made to carry a roll of toilet paper as a unique holder, like one passenger recently discovered on his way through security.

A passenger heading through New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) last week almost faced the wrath of Transportation Security Administration agents when he attempted to head through security with what looked like a gun. Agents stopped him after the item triggered an alarm in the x-ray machine.

Turns out, the item in question wasn’t a gun—or even a weapon of any kind. It just looked like one. The passenger was carrying a toilet paper roll holder that looked just like a revolver, and the shape of it set off the alarms.

“[The passenger] didn’t watch his ‘Pees and Qs’ and instead of rolling through the security process, this cowboy got stopped up when he was found to have a most unusual prohibited item in his carry-on bag,” the TSA said in a press release about the incident. “… this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets. It was designed to spin toilet paper.”

Replicas of weapons are not permitted through security at airports, so the passenger had to either surrender it to the TSA, put it back in his bag, give it to a friend who wasn’t getting on a flight, or put it in a checked bag. The passenger gave it up to the TSA, the agency told CNN.


[Featured Image: TSA]

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  1. Boggie Dog

    November 4, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    It’s a real shame that out of roughly 80,000 TSA employees not one of them understands the definition of “replica”.

  2. thepixinator

    November 6, 2019 at 5:55 am

    It’s an even bigger shame that a passenger wouldn’t ship something that looks like a handgun instead of trying to get out on an airplane. SMDH

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