Airport security agents confiscated a toy pistol from a sock monkey based on a John Wayne’s character in “True Grit.”
Phyllis May, of Redmond, Wasington, said she and her husband were traveling from St. Louis to Seattle with some of her hand-made dolls and sewing supplies stowed in her carry-on bag.
The bag wasn’t returned right away after the couple went through the screening process, and May said a Transportation Security Administration agent held it up and asked whose bag it was.
“I realized, oh my god, this is my bag,” May told KTVB-TV.
Inside was a cowboy sock monkey, “Rooster Monkburn,” that she makes and sells as part of her small business.
The TSA agent searched the bag and found the 2-inch-long toy pistol, which gave her pause.
“She said, ‘This is a gun,'” May said. “I said, ‘No, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.'”
But the agent remained concerned.
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?'” May said.