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“Fart Blaster” Smells Like Bananas & Is Not Allowed on Planes

“Fart Blaster” Smells Like Bananas & Is Not Allowed on Planes
Jackie Reddy

It’s clearly just a toy, but that didn’t stop airport security in Dublin from seizing a child’s Fart Blaster.

For staff at Dublin Airport (DUB), security is no laughing matter — even when the weapon about to be seized is obviously a toy.

Late last week, DUB security confiscated a toddler’s toy as he was on his way to board a flight with his parents. Officers reportedly seized the toy — a “Fart Blaster” used by Minions in the film Despicable Me 2 — after deeming it a replica gun, one of the items prohibited by the airport.

When the trigger is pulled, the Fart Blaster makes a predictable noise and emits a banana scent. Although quite obviously harmless, staff at DUB took away 3-year-old Leo Fitzpatrick’s toy, explaining to the family that even replica guns are in violation of security policies.

fart blaster

The boy’s mother, Daire Fitzpatrick, posted her reaction to the incident on Facebook, saying: “The usual standards are not only woefully below par when it comes to important things, but now apparently when it comes to obviously harmless toys that light up a little boy’s life they are frustratingly laughable.”

A DUB spokeswoman confirmed the toy had been taken, however, she insisted that it had been surrendered, not confiscated. A portion of the statement, as reports The Telegraph, reads:

 

We do not seize or confiscate items that are prohibited through the passenger security screening area. If passengers are carrying prohibited items they must be surrendered in order to continue on their journey. While it is unfortunate the Minion toy had to be surrendered it is important to note the following: Safety of passengers and security compliance is a priority at Dublin Airport.

Although DUB’s measures might seem unnecessarily harsh, the spokeswoman says the procedures are audited both internally and externally to ensure that staff “apply a consistent approach” when vetting passengers.

[Photos: The Telegraph, Toys ‘R Us]

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9 Comments

  1. Doc Savage

    Doc Savage

    August 18, 2015 at 11:56 am

    They obviously hire the cream of the crop for security in Ireland, too.

  2. highgamma

    August 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Isn’t this an easy one? Don’t bring things that look like guns into airports. Any step along the way, it could be mistaken for a real gun (such as being x-rayed) and cause an incident. Also, you can hide a gun in a fake gun. You’re just inconveniencing everyone else and causing problems. That goes, too, for fake knives, hand grenades, etc.

  3. BJM

    August 18, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Officers reportedly seized the toy —. . . — after deeming it a replica gun, one of the items prohibited by the airport.

    REPLICA: a copy exact in all details ; broadly :copy.

    The toy is neither a replica nor a copy of a gun. Being as Fart Blasters are fictious, how can this toy be a copy or a replica?

    Any person who could look into those baby-blues and CONFISCATE his Fart Blaster has no soul.

  4. BJM

    August 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    From previous post: ” Also, you can hide a gun in a fake gun.”

    This is a very good and valid point. Once you put a real gun inside a fake gun, X-ray screening can no longer detect the real gun as it will be shielded by the fake gun. And if the real gun is hidden inside the fake gun (e.g. Fart Blaster) people will just laugh at the terrorist and will die laughing. Literally, die laughing.

    (O.K. maybe that was too sarcastic to post.)

  5. STBCypriot

    August 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Yes highgamma, you should not bring your fingers either because you can position them in such a way that they resemble a gun.

  6. mikeef

    August 19, 2015 at 11:03 am

    “We do not seize or confiscate items that are prohibited through the passenger security screening area. If passengers are carrying prohibited items they must be surrendered in order to continue on their journey.”

    Of course you don’t. You just force passengers to “voluntarily surrender” them by forbidding them from getting through security unless they do so. Yeah, that’s not confiscating it at all. Security’s action resembled confiscation much more closely than that toy resembled a real gun. I hope that somebody, somewhere feels some shame.

  7. nuikahakai

    August 20, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Another example of irresponsible parenting. There is no reason for this type of obnoxious “toy” to be carried onto a crowded aircraft with dozens or even hundreds of passengers. Simple common sense dictates placing it in checked luggage. If no checked luggage, then LEAVE IT HOME!

    NOT a “TSA” problem. A “parent with no common sense” problem. And to make the incident public speaks volumes about the parents intelligence level. But…. it’s the traveling public. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

  8. rpjs

    August 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Bit surprised, IME the security screeners at DUB tend to be pretty good-natured and common-sensible.

  9. SeatOfMyPants

    August 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Good. There is no reason for him to bring that obnoxious toy out in public.

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