Yes, the TSA has seized a sock monkey’s toy gun. Madness, absolute madness.

Via NRO.

TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock money, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.

“[The agent] said ‘this is a gun,’” said Phyllis May, recounting the experience to fly back to her home in Washington state. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”

May, who has a small business selling sock monkeys, was also questioned for bringing the sewing supplies she uses to make the stuffed animals in her carry-on bag. TSA agents told her they would have to confiscate the miniature firearm and call the police, although Washington’s KING-TV reports that the TSA never did call the authorities. May’s sewing supplies were ultimately returned to her.

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May quipped. “I understand [the TSA agent] was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

May had named the disarmed monkey Rooster Monkburn after Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne’s character in the film True Grit.

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  1. Shifra says:

    If there is anything I *cannot* stand, it is “inconsistency.” And since they confiscated Mr. Sock Monkey’s gun, did they also remove the teeny tiny bullets? Was he ordered to remove his shoes? Was he strip-searched? You really can’t be too careful nowadays 🙂

  2. strider says:

    Lucky for the TSA the sock monkey wasn’t wearing a burqa.

  3. ancientwrrior says:

    Insanity prevails in this lunatic government. Common sense does not exist, all the people in this government are naught but robots, who have had their minds wiped and function as they are programed. Shades of “I Robot”, they receive daily downloads from the chief bot VIKI (aka Odumbo).

  4. Alan K. Henderson says:

    “Take your stinking paws off my sock monkey, you damn dirty ape!”

  5. Dave says:

    They are zombies, or imbeciles, or morons, or maybe they are just bureaucrats that are looking to keep a meaningless job to exert the only power they will ever have over other people.

  6. RosaLee says:

    This is so predictable. The schools have been using the “zero tolerance” policies to ensure that every student that graduates from a public school has an irrational fear of any gun; real, toy or imaginary. Consequently they have no idea how to distinguish between a toy or a real threat. And more are graduating and entering the workforce (and voter rolls) every day.

  7. midget says:

    If only the Secret Service had been as astute as the TSA in Dealey Plaza.

  8. Gordon says:

    What was the caliber of the revolver…0.003? Now that will do as much harm as one of Phyllis’ sewing needles…very dangerous…for a TSA flea.

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