What do pocket knives, tweezers and light saber-shaped canes all have in common? They’re all items that Transportation Security Administration agents at Denver International Airport consider dangerous enough to confiscate.
Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in several “Star Wars” movies, was stopped by TSA agents at Denver’s airport last week because he was travelling with a light saber-shaped cane to help him walk. He was returning from Dallas after making an appearance at Denver’s ComicCon 2013.
The actor, who is more than 7 feet tall, took to Twitter regarding the incident and posted a photo of a TSA agent holding his replica light-saber walking stick.
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar…— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick.... besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it..— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
The TSA never actually confiscated Mayhew’s cane, noting that it was the “unusual weight” of the cane that led security to investigate it.
“Because of the unusual weight of the passenger’s cane, a security officer alerted a supervisor. Less than five minutes later the passenger and cane were cleared to travel. Social media played no role in the determination,” the TSA said in a brief statement released to The Associated Press on Saturday.
Some sites, including NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, claimed that Mayhew’s tweets about the incident helped convince the TSA to let him continue through security with the cane.
According to the Associated Press, the 69-year-old actor was not available for comment on the incident.