Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

"She Took My Monkey's Gun:" St. Louis TSA Agent Confiscates Cowboy Toy's Weapon

Posted By on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Rooster Monkburn, you bad monkey! - PHYLLIS MAY VIA KING5
  • Phyllis May via KING5
  • Rooster Monkburn, you bad monkey!

A TSA agent at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport proved she takes the rules very seriously when she confiscated a toy gun from a Seattle traveler's cowboy sock monkey.

The plushy sock monkey named (and dressed) after Rooster Cogburn, the tough, one-eyed marshal played by John Wayne in True Grit was holstered with a two-inch pistol, courtesy of his creator, Phillis May, who sews and sells the toys.

click to enlarge AMAZON
  • Amazon

"She took my monkey's gun," May tells Seattle TV station King 5. "Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed, so I'm sure everyone on the plane was safe."

See also: Video: Lambert Airport TSA Tries to Pat Down Three-Year-Old In Wheelchair, Going to Disney

May repeated her conversation with the TSA agent to Seattle media, and it goes something like this:

TSA agent: (Holds up bag.) Whose is this?

Phyllis May: Mine!

TSA: (Pulls out teeny pistol.) This is a gun.

PM: No, it's not a gun. It's a prop for my monkey.

TSA: If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn't know if it was real or not.

PM: Really?

TSA: I'm going to have to confiscate the gun, and I'm supposed to call police.

PM: Well, go ahead.

(Pause.)

PM: Really? You're kidding me, right?

TSA: No, it looks like a gun.

In the end, the TSA agent took the gun but didn't call police. The TSA responded to the issue Monday, saying in a release: "TSA officers are dedicated to keeping the nation's transportation security systems safe and secure for the traveling public. Under longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags."

So maybe next time, May should just check her toys' weapons like the rest of us.

"I understand she was doing her job, but at some point doesn't common sense prevail?" May said.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at [email protected].

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 19, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2022 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation