Got Some Holiday Travel Coming Up? Be Careful What You Bring On The Plane!

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Recently, TSA agents in Fort Lauderdale were a little too zealous in their duties when they confiscated a five-year-old boy’s Buzz Lightyear toy from Disney World. The family was returning home to Pennsylvania and they were told they could not board the plane with the Disney World souvenir. 

This is the toy in question: "Buzz Lightyear Star Command Flip Grip Claw Grabber Arm Toy."

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"We couldn't go on the plane yet because they said it looks too much like a gun and you can't bring guns on the plane," said five-year-old Levi Zilka.

We understand that things are scary out there right now but taking a toy from a five year old doesn't enhance national security," said the boy's father David Zilka. "Once he realized what was happening, that they weren't giving his toy back, he immediately starts just bawling, tears streaming down his face, and crying. It was all I could do not to break down with him in that moment," he added.  

Levi and his father packed carry-on bags for their trip, which was a problem because the TSA requires realistic replicas of firearms to be placed in checked luggage. Since the TSA agents at the Fort Lauderdale airport decided the Disney toy was part of the "realistic replicas of firearms" category, they confiscated the toy.

The boy's father has logged a complaint.

On the flip side, the TSA has allowed a passenger with a loaded gun to board an airplane! How exactly did a toy get confiscated, but a loaded gun made it onto a plane? The world may never know. 

Blake Alford, a retired truck driver, was flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, and accidentally brought his loaded gun through security. The gun was in his backpack and he was able to board his plane without any issues, according to local Atlanta news station WGCL.

Alford says it was “an honest mistake” but he went public with the mistake because he felt “people need to know TSA needs to tighten up. If they’ll take toothpaste. They’ll make people get out of wheelchairs. They’ll make me take off my belt buckle and my shoes. How did my gun go through?”

Great question, Mr. Alford!

In its defense, the TSA claims agents at security checkpoints have discovered 2,447 firearms in carry-on bags so far in 2015. But how many have they missed?

Check out the below clip of Jesse Ventura sounding off on the TSA. And make sure to catch his show Off The Grid every day on Ora TV.

Are you worried about what other travelers have in their carry-on bags?


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