Aviation

TSA stops passenger with toilet paper roll gun at New York airport

An airline passenger was stopped by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers in the US for having an unusual piece of carry-on luggage.

TSA workers at Newark Liberty International Airport stopped a man at airport security who they suspected had a firearm in his carry-on bag.

Upon closer inspection, the workers discovered the “firearm” was actually a toilet paper roll holder shaped like a gun, according to a release from TSA.

Image supplied by TSA

“TSA needed to get to the bottom of it, and when the bag was opened, the item that had triggered an alarm wasn’t an actual firearm at all. Instead, it was a realistic replica gun that had been configured into a toilet paper roller,” the release said, and if you think the toilet based puns stopped there you are sorely mistaken.

“Someone had a crappy day at one of the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints yesterday at Newark Liberty International Airport when he didn’t watch his “Pees and Qs” and instead of rolling through the security process, this cowboy got stopped up when he was found to have a most unusual prohibited item in his carry-on bag on Tuesday, October 29.

“Yes, this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets. It was designed to spin toilet paper.”

The statement confirmed the TSA does not permit travellers to bring real or replica firearms through its checkpoints, but indicated it would have allowed this particular item in the passengers checked bag.

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