Phyllis May and her husband were reportedly traveling from St. Louis to Seattle with, among other things, a few of the hand-made dolls that May creates. One of those dolls was a sock monkey named "Rooster Monkburn." Rooster Monkburn is modeled on John Wayne's character from True Grit and had a two inch toy pistol strapped to his side. A TSA agent took away that toy pistol because it violated
We have no comments to add. We're just going to let that sit there.
Except please note that last week it was also revealed that a summer investigation into TSA misconduct, which we wrote about when the government report was published months ago revealed 22 letters of reprimand, 14 suspensions, 10 terminations, and 11 additional infractions just in Idaho and just between 2010 and 2012. That's less than 1% of the total infractions, and still includes highlights like workplace violence and verbal abusive language. So says a local station that asked for the state-specific information from TSA and just got it a few days ago. You can even see the report here.
So maybe there are other things that the agency should be worried about, above and beyond the toy guns of toy stuffed animals.
And now, as a bonus, here is what happens when the Internet gets a hold of a story like this. Please enjoy:
[Photo: Phyllis May / King5]