Add ‘fart blaster’ to the list of ridiculous objects deemed to be a threat by airport security.
— Paula (@NursepollyRgn) August 15, 2015
A three-year-old boy had the item, a gun shaped toy that features in the popular children’s film Minions, confiscated by security officials at Dublin airport who said it posed “a threat”.
The security officials flagged the item after seeing it on the baggage x-ray machine.
The officials contended that the child was not allowed to fly with the toy, which looks more like one of Alex Jones’ megaphones than it does a gun, under rules governing replica weapons.
“He was devastated. He is very well behaved and very polite, and he said ‘of course’ and left it, but he is very upset and doesn’t understand why he’s sharing his toy with the man. It was such a shame.” said the boy’s mother Daire Fitzpatrick.
“If you look at it, it’s just ridiculous it could be considered a weapon. I mean, would you shake with fear if I pointed a Minions fart blaster at you?” she told reporters with the London Telegraph.
“It just looks like a megaphone – it doesn’t look like a gun. I said to the man it can’t be construed as a weapon and he said ‘I know, but the button looks slightly trigger-like’. I was fuming at the time. I just had to say ‘I’m so sorry Leo’.” said Mrs Fitzpatrick.
The security officer even told the family that he had bought the toy for his own child, and knew it was ridiculous, but had to follow procedure.
“It doesn’t in any way resemble a weapon. I understand strict airport regulations, but can common sense or compassion not be employed? It was laughable.” Mrs Fitzpatrick added.
In a further facebook post she lamented “You can say anything you like about strict airport regulations but having worked in this same airport for over five years I can tell you the usual standards are not only woefully below par when it comes to important things, but not apparently when it comes to obviously harmless toys that light up a little boy’s life they are frustratingly laughable.”
A statement from Dublin airport noted that “”Safety of passengers and security compliance is a priority” and ” We do not make up the security rules but we have to apply them.”
In the US, TSA’s idea of “replica” weapons has, in the past, included a sci-fi ray gun belt buckle, a toy monkey holding a 2 inch plastic toy gun, a steam punk watch, a perfume bottle, a photographer’s blower, Aluminium foil, peanut butter, candy, pies and cupcakes.
Meanwhile, people are routinely waltzing through airport security lines with swords, knives, explosives and guns. Of course, many agents are too busy groping women and searching old people’s diapers to bother checking for anything else.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.