Skip to comments.Teen stopped at airport for design [gun replica]on purse
Posted on 12/02/2011 3:54:44 AM PST by Daffynition
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
A teenage girl's sense of style got her in trouble at the airport.
Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag.
Gibbs said she had no problem going through security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she headed home from Virginia.
"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it," Gibbs said.
But her preference for the pistol style didn't sit well with TSA agents at the Norfolk airport.
Gibbs said she was headed back home to Jacksonville from a holiday trip when an agent flagged her purse as a security risk.
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Yep. Replicas are on the *prohibited* list. Sorry kiddo.
More ridiculous than TSA agents sexually assaulting women and children in public.
Her mom sounds hysterical.
What’s the big deal? Check the bag with luggage and go.
The list specifies “realistic replicas”. What’s on that handbag isn’t realistic.
After agents figured out the gun was a fake,
ROFLMAO! Best line of the article.
No way that could be construed as a replica. I doubt it has any moving parts found in Replica firearms.
Not to pick a nit back at you, but would you feel secure putting your wallet into checked baggage knowing any locks on your baggage can and will be broken to gain access? There are more personal items lost from checked bags than in the personal screening lines.
Laura Ingraham is but one example of her cross necklace and other personal items were removed from her baggage. She put them in there for safety and not having to take them off.
I travel a great deal and maybe one out of two trips I know my baggage has been opened.
Thanks for pointing that out...I hadn’t read the entire article. That’s funny as HELL!
Even if it were real, it’s basically a gun that’s been cut in half and mounted to the side of the purse.
A thousand thanks, TSA...I’m feeling safer already. /s
TSA idiots. You have to be mentally handicapped to qualify for this organization of Bozos.
Once again the tsa clones rise to the occasion and prove their worth to society.
Another member of the team carried a similar purse with the other half of the gun on it. They were to meet in the ladies room and reassemble the complete gun.
Thank goodness the noble TSA stopped this vicious terrorist attack in time. Obama akbar! /s
sorry hunny its a modern double action revolver...possibly a model 29 S&W...but it Made My Day...I like it.
the gumment buttwipe should lose their jobs...what is this, England??
>>That’s a realistic replica of an actual gun, not an embossed decorative motif on an accessory.<<
I don’t know why evryone is getting on TSA’s case and saying how stupid they are. This is normal behaviour for any level of government.
One of the effects of the Karl Rove gang being in power. Remember that they introduced these laws.
I’m assuming that was her purse, not her wallet. Anyways,if was also her wallet, take out your cash & credit cards and stick them in your pocket
Was their luggage already checked and being processed? How simple would that be to retrieve it? And....Some airlines are now charging for checked baggage. The last time I flew there was a $25 fee.
The TSA are a bunch of retards. Also that is not an “old western gun” Looks to be modeled after a N framed Smith and Wesson to me.
“Was their luggage already checked and being processed? “
If she had checked a bag beforehand, I’m sure it was.
The point is, this isn’t much of a news story. And her mother got hysterical for who knows what reason.
They both need to just get over it and stop making such a big deal.
Another reminder of why I have not flown anywhere for nearly 3 years. If time or distance do not allow for driving to the desired location, then I don’t go.
You forgot the third member of the team that carried the welder that would be used to secure both halves into one!
Last year my son had to give up a gun shaped belt buckle to the TSA. I had fun with that.
“Another reminder of why I have not flown anywhere for nearly 3 years. If time or distance do not allow for driving to the desired location, then I dont go.”
I quit flying after returning from an assignment on 9/9/01. Most folks just like to complain and endure, but that doesn’t pressure anyone to right the wrong.
It says “realistic” replicas. That thing on her purse doesn’t look all that realistic. For starters, it’s too small.
Then again, “realistic” is a relative term. Some would argue that some Hot Wheels are realistic replicas of cars.
A person who worked for the large company I just left checked their company laptop. TSA stole it. The employee was fired.
In my extensive travels, I have found that the Norfolk Airport is the place that has far and away the most draconian enforcement of the “Perceived” rules.
It's not a replica. It's an embossed picture on a purse, for gawdsakes. I hope she sues the TSA for everything they have. This action is FAR past being ridiculous, and into outright agency insanity.
**If we did our job any better wed have to buy you dinner first.**
Dad gum! I'm a TSA agent in training. It's a replica.
Checked bag protection...
Put what looks like used underwear where it will be the first thing seen upon opening the bag. Coffee, chocolate, and cider make realistic stains.
Probably one of those "bitter clingers". They'll teach that cracker hoplophile who's in charge.
This TSA victim is young, white, and attractive. Can anyone determine the race of the TSAPerson who made the call?
Last time I flew, in Oct. I discovered I had a small pocket knife in my purse. They missed it coming and going. I was horrified at what they would have done to me if they had found it.
I don’t think it’s possible for the TSA’s reputation to sink any lower than it already has.
It took them long enough to figure out that an embossed image of a gun on the side of a purse isn't a real gun to make her miss her flight. I wouldn't be surprised to learn the FBI's 10 most wanted got on a plane while they were cavity searching someone they caught carrying a copy of the Constitution.
Remedy in two words:
If enough people would simply refuse to fly, the TSA would be gone.
But where is that tea party? Who’s ripping up the airline ticket, plucking the wings off the airlines, dumping the baggage in the harbor...?
Where has Liberty gone?
They both need to just get over it and stop making such a big deal.
This happened to me over a tube of lipstick. ( Really) I was given the choice of checking it or leaving it at the TSA station.
My bags had already been checked. There were long lines at the airline check in counter, and there likely would have been a fee to put another package in the baggage section of the flight. I would have had to search the airport for an appropriate container for the lipstick which I likely would not have been able to find. In all, I likely would have missed my flight.
Some choice! I left the $7.00 tube of lipstick in the TSA trash can. That also was probably on the only rational choice for this mom and girl.
I haven’t flown since TSA put in their abusive sex molesting searches. It would take a lot for me to fly again. It simply isn’t worth the aggravation and annoyance.
Race AND gender!
Where is the evidence that the mom and daughter made a “big deal” of it.
The girl was properly assertive, even though by properly challenging the decision, she missed her flight. No where in the story is there any mention of the girl making a fuss.
When her daughter didn't arrive on the expected flight, the mom was completely rational in making phone calls to find out where she was.
The only thing that bothers me with this story, in this day of universal cell phones, is why the daughter didn't phone the mom to let her know where she was.