TSA Halts 'Chewbacca' Over 'Lightsaber'
Peter Mayhew's lightsaber-shaped cane causes brief uproar
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Peter Mayhew tweeted this picture of his cane.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – The latest TSA brouhaha is more amusing than enraging: Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, was stopped last week because agents didn't like the looks of his cane ... probably because it looks like a lightsaber. The 69-year-old, 7-foot-2-inch actor tweeted about the incident, and says it's thanks to Twitter that his cane/lightsaber was eventually released to him, CNN reports.

TSA's statement on the matter: "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." Amusingly enough, TSA actually does address the issue of lightsabers on its prohibited items list: "Sadly, the technology doesn't currently exist to create a real light saber. However, you can pack a toy light saber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you."

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MaximusFubaris
Jun 11, 2013 5:06 AM CDT
"Luke, I am not your Father!".....but none the less, "May The Force be with you and Chewy!" Carry On!
Libris_Fidelis
Jun 10, 2013 8:46 PM CDT
I wish the news media would STOP using stupid terms from England like "brouhaha"... a word which really sucks. And the word "whilst" which is improperly conjugated by proper English standards. And you can take the damn metric system and shove it up the English-communists' asses !!!!
ppaca
Jun 10, 2013 5:46 PM CDT
About 40 years ago, when I was 5 years old, we went on a family vacation to Disney World in Orlando. While on vacation, my dad bought me a cheap little squirt gun, red plastic with a blue trigger, to play with by the pool. On the return trip, airport security (pre-TSA) stopped me for having that cheap red plastic squirt gun in my carry-on among my Matchbox cars and other toys. They made my dad return to the ticket counter to check that toy gun. We still laugh at that incident. We hadn't even thought of it being a deadly squirt gun or that it would show up in the X-ray. Airport security has not progressed in those 40 years.