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Teen stopped at airport for design [gun replica]on purse
WJXT - Jacksonville ^ | Dec 01 2011 | staff reporter

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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1 posted on 12/02/2011 3:54:46 AM PST by Daffynition
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Yep. Replicas are on the *prohibited* list. Sorry kiddo.

http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/prohibited_and_permitted_items_10-24-07.pdf


2 posted on 12/02/2011 3:57:22 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Daffynition

More ridiculous than TSA agents sexually assaulting women and children in public.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 4:00:07 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Daffynition

Her mom sounds hysterical.
What’s the big deal? Check the bag with luggage and go.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 4:01:27 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Daffynition

The list specifies “realistic replicas”. What’s on that handbag isn’t realistic.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 4:03:14 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: BigSkyFreeper
We need more low-IQ TSA agents, more laws and regs, then this wouldn't be happening. ///sarc


6 posted on 12/02/2011 4:03:42 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Daffynition

After agents figured out the gun was a fake,

ROFLMAO! Best line of the article.

7 posted on 12/02/2011 4:05:45 AM PST by southern rock
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To: Daffynition

No way that could be construed as a replica. I doubt it has any moving parts found in Replica firearms.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 4:10:20 AM PST by eastforker (I'll pick Rick but I still root for Newt.)
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To: nuconvert

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.


9 posted on 12/02/2011 4:11:22 AM PST by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: southern rock

Thanks for pointing that out...I hadn’t read the entire article. That’s funny as HELL!


10 posted on 12/02/2011 4:16:51 AM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Daffynition
Yep. Replicas are on the *prohibited* list. Sorry kiddo.

Read. Read. Please, read. Toy weapons are permitted in carry on ("Toy weapons- if not realistic replicas"). That's a realistic replica of an actual gun, not an embossed decorative motif on an accessory. What she had on her purse was not a replica or even a toy.

The TSA screwed up big time here. It would have been nice if a parent who could read could have taken the brochure you cited and pointed it out to the brain-dead TSA agent. Of course, one that stupid to have stopped her over the purse would not have been persuaded by the actual TSA brochure. The agent should lose his job for bringing more disrepute on an already disreputable agency.
11 posted on 12/02/2011 4:17:10 AM PST by aruanan
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To: eastforker

Even if it were real, it’s basically a gun that’s been cut in half and mounted to the side of the purse.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 4:18:46 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Daffynition

A thousand thanks, TSA...I’m feeling safer already. /s


13 posted on 12/02/2011 4:19:00 AM PST by Mich Patriot (I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Daffynition

TSA idiots. You have to be mentally handicapped to qualify for this organization of Bozos.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 4:21:33 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Mich Patriot

Once again the tsa clones rise to the occasion and prove their worth to society.


15 posted on 12/02/2011 4:23:19 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

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


16 posted on 12/02/2011 4:25:42 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Daffynition
“It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it,”

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??

17 posted on 12/02/2011 4:28:20 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Fresh Wind
When you are a TSA agent with the IQ of a turnip...that's what you get.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 4:31:16 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: aruanan

>>That’s a realistic replica of an actual gun, not an embossed decorative motif on an accessory.<<

BWHAHAHA!


19 posted on 12/02/2011 4:32:45 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Daffynition

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.


20 posted on 12/02/2011 4:33:35 AM PST by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: Daffynition

One of the effects of the Karl Rove gang being in power. Remember that they introduced these laws.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 4:34:06 AM PST by JimWayne
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To: mazda77

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


22 posted on 12/02/2011 4:38:45 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert
What’s the big deal? Check the bag with luggage and go.
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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.

23 posted on 12/02/2011 4:41:32 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Daffynition

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.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 4:51:37 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: wintertime

“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.


25 posted on 12/02/2011 4:52:29 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Daffynition

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.


26 posted on 12/02/2011 4:54:10 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Fresh Wind
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.

You forgot the third member of the team that carried the welder that would be used to secure both halves into one!

27 posted on 12/02/2011 5:00:09 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: Daffynition

Last year my son had to give up a gun shaped belt buckle to the TSA. I had fun with that.


28 posted on 12/02/2011 5:04:26 AM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: T-Bird45

“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.”

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.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 5:05:00 AM PST by Big_Harry (Ecc10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left")
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To: Daffynition

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.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 5:07:23 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: mazda77

A person who worked for the large company I just left checked their company laptop. TSA stole it. The employee was fired.


31 posted on 12/02/2011 5:08:59 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Daffynition

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.

THE WORST!


32 posted on 12/02/2011 5:13:21 AM PST by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: Daffynition
"Yep. Replicas are on the *prohibited* list. Sorry kiddo."

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.

33 posted on 12/02/2011 5:16:35 AM PST by Wonder Warthog
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To: day10

34 posted on 12/02/2011 5:26:06 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: cuban leaf

**If we did our job any better we’d have to buy you dinner first.**


35 posted on 12/02/2011 5:27:35 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Wonder Warthog
>>It's not a replica.<<

Dad gum! I'm a TSA agent in training. It's a replica.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 5:32:33 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Daffynition

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.


37 posted on 12/02/2011 5:40:45 AM PST by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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To: Daffynition
"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it," Gibbs said.

Probably one of those "bitter clingers". They'll teach that cracker hoplophile who's in charge.

38 posted on 12/02/2011 5:52:47 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Daffynition

This TSA victim is young, white, and attractive. Can anyone determine the race of the TSAPerson who made the call?


39 posted on 12/02/2011 6:02:03 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: tacticalogic
Sometimes the TSA overlooks something.... TSA misses loaded handgun in checked baggage at LAX
40 posted on 12/02/2011 6:05:35 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: CPOSharky
This is a *show-stopper*.


41 posted on 12/02/2011 6:09:21 AM PST by Daffynition ( *Socialism, has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore it*)
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To: Daffynition

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.


42 posted on 12/02/2011 6:09:26 AM PST by Ditter
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To: aruanan

I don’t think it’s possible for the TSA’s reputation to sink any lower than it already has.


43 posted on 12/02/2011 6:17:14 AM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: Daffynition
Sometimes the TSA overlooks something....

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.

44 posted on 12/02/2011 6:20:23 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: Daffynition

Remedy in two words:

QUIT FLYING!

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?


45 posted on 12/02/2011 6:28:15 AM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: nuconvert

They both need to just get over it and stop making such a big deal.
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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.


46 posted on 12/02/2011 6:56:58 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: GladesGuru

Race AND gender!


47 posted on 12/02/2011 6:58:58 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: nuconvert
They both need to just get over it and stop making such a big deal.
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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.

48 posted on 12/02/2011 7:07:29 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: nuconvert
I wonder if the TSA agent was black. Do you think there might have been racism involved, or can only whites be racist?
49 posted on 12/02/2011 7:09:02 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Daffynition
Proving once again that TSA really stands for,”Thoroughly Stupid Agency.”
50 posted on 12/02/2011 7:26:26 AM PST by JayAr36
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