Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun - because it was a safety threat./facepalm
Officials declared the moulded gun could not go on the plane and Mr Lloyd had to snap off the model weapon and then post it back to his home in Ontario.So this isn’t just one cretin who thinks ‘rules iz rules!’. She checked with her supervisor, who should have told her not to be such a cretin.
He said: 'As the figurine's SA80 rifle was pulled from the box, the security search officer contacted her supervisor. The moulded SA80 could not pass.'
'My wife asked for a "reality check", explaining how this offending piece of sculptured moulding is a 9 inch painted model with a moulded and painted rifle that is part of the figure.Unless it's disassembled into its component parts, of course, as Angry Exile points out. Then, no problem!
'The supervisor was confident within the surety of the regulations and said a "firearm" is a firearm and cannot pass.'
Still, now it’s in the open, fulsome apologies and retraining for…
A spokeswoman for Gatwick Airport said: 'Items including firearms and items with the appearance of firearms are prohibited.
'There are lots of other reasons an item could be prevented from going through security, such as large items that do not fit in overhead lockers on the aircraft.'This item is three inches long. Try again, love…