A Washington woman is now speaking out after she says a TSA agent confiscated her sock monkey doll’s tiny toy gun and threatened to call the police on her earlier this month.
Phyllis May of Redmond told KING-TV she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the Dec. 3 incident.
According to the woman, “Rooster Monkburn” was one of the cowboy sock monkey dolls she sells. TSA agents, however, were not too thrilled about what the doll was attempting to carry on board the aircraft.
“His pistol was in there,” May told KING-TV.
“She said ‘this is a gun,’” May recalled, referring to the TSA agent. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”
“She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’” May added, later jokingly saying she “took my monkey’s gun.”
The unidentified TSA agent then allegedly said she would be forced to confiscate the item and report the incident to police.
“I said well go ahead,” May said. “And I said really? You’re kidding me right, and she said no it looks like a gun.”
Ultimately, though the agent did not escalate the incident to police.
“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” May said. “I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”
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