Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Module88

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Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Give me a break:

Article said:
A man wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon character holding a gun was stopped from boarding a flight by the security at Heathrow's Terminal 5.

Brad Jayakody, from Bayswater, central London, said he was "stumped" at the objection to his Transformers T-shirt.

Mr Jayakody said he had to change before boarding as security officers objected to the gun, held by the cartoon character.

Airport operator BAA said it was investigating the incident.

Mr Jayakody said the incident happened a few weeks ago, when he was challenged by an official during a pre-flight security check.

"He says, 'we won't be able to let you through because your T-shirt has got a gun on it'," Mr Jayakody said.

"I was like, 'What are you talking about?'.

"[The official's] supervisor comes over and goes 'sorry we can't let you through and you've a gun on your T-shirt'," he said.

Mr Jayakody said he had to strip and change his T-shirt there before he was allowed to board his flight.

"I was just looking for someone with a bit of common sense," he said.

"It's a cartoon robot - what threat is it to security or offensive to anyone at all?"

A BAA spokesman said there was no record of the incident and no "formal complaint" had been made.

"If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it, for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it," he said.

"We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category.

"If it's offensive, we don't want other passengers upset."
 

robzombiesslave

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Maybe they were afraid the transformer was going to transform from his shirt into a massive deadly weapon. :scratchchin:
 

krischan

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Seems to be a case of officers with a hard wired brain. If it makes them happy, change the t-shirt :rolleyes:

The only issue I had so far was a lighter I had in my pocket. I had to light it to prove that it's no bomb :D
 

Thyiad

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Possible body-odour related and they didn't like to say?
 

buttershug

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Some TV exec was traveling and when asked "nature of visit" at customs.

He answered "I'm here to shoot a pilot". Bad choice of words
 

AeroJonesy

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Maybe the security team had just finished watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.
 

superdave

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

i could understand if the transformer pictured was Wheelie...i hate that guy.
 

WzWz

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Get that pic away from me. Are you trying to kill me?
 

wuffnuff

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Seems to be a case of officers with a hard wired brain. If it makes them happy, change the t-shirt :rolleyes:

The only issue I had so far was a lighter I had in my pocket. I had to light it to prove that it's no bomb :D

They let you through with a lighter? When I used to smoke I had to leave my lighter in my checked luggage, they wouldn't allow them in the passenger area at all. I remember seeing a bucket at the security check that was filled with confiscated lighters.



 

BobCox2

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

How does taking away my rights to live free buy spreading a culture of fear and mistrust protect me again?
 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

They let you through with a lighter? When I used to smoke I had to leave my lighter in my checked luggage, they wouldn't allow them in the passenger area at all. I remember seeing a bucket at the security check that was filled with confiscated lighters.
They were a bit careless, that's right. I could even keep my belt and my shoes.

I guess you can make a fortune by selling stuffed, stamped envelopes and parcels of all sizes on an airport (and I guess somebody already filled that market niche), so people can send things back home which aren't allowed to be taken into a plane.



 

moo-cow

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

Back in 2003 when I was looking at colleges I used to keep a swiss army knife in my backpack for still unknown reasons. I used to meet my dad at the airport and then we'd take some cheap jetblue flight to Rochester or Pittsburgh or somewhere. After 7 or 8 flights with my school bag they finally asked me to place it on the x-ray belt with the back facing down and only then were they able to find my swiss army knife. Did they confiscate it or ask me to put it in my checked baggage? Nope, they handed me an envelope and pointed me to the post office drop box thingy in the airport and told me to mail it to myself.

edit: thanks krischan for ruining my story :crazyeyes:
 

krischan

Europe Trade Moderator
Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

The first version of my posting involved a Swiss army knife as well, so be grateful that I left that out :p
 

Dondrei

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

The censors made all the human characters in that show and even more absurdly G.I. Joe use lasers as a substitute for real guns. Apparently now even they're not acceptable.

i could understand if the transformer pictured was Wheelie...i hate that guy.
Seaspray was ****ing annoying too.



 
Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

i heard there was a woman with huge breasts who wasnt allowed onto the plane because she was suspected of having weapons of mass destraction!! :D
 

buttershug

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Re: Gun T-shirt 'was a security risk'

I heard one lady wasn't allowed to take her knitting needles on board because they were afraid she would knit an Afghan.
 
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