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TSA confiscates sock monkey’s pistol

An addition to our library of crazy stuff confiscated by Transportation Security Administration officers: the sock monkey’s pistol.

The folks at KING 5, the NBC-affiliate in Seattle, Wash. report that Phyllis May was shocked, appalled and embarrassed when TSA officials confiscated a two-inch toy pistol used an accessory for a line of sock monkeys the Redmond, Wash., resident makes. The incident happened at a checkpoint in St. Louis. The pistol allegedly belonged to “Rooster Monkburn” a cowboy-themed sock monkey that is May’s hand sewn take-off on John Wayne’s character “Rooster Cogburn.”

“She took my monkey’s gun,” May told KING 5. “Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe. I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

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Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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