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

(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."

Peter Mayhew tweeted this picture of his cane.   (Twitter)
Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Ben Kenobi (Sir Alec Guinness) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) come upon the Death Star in a scene from "Star Wars."   (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
In this photo from Disney, Chewbacca makes his way down the street during the grand opening festivities of "Star Wars Weekends" at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on May 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Disney,Matt Stroshane)
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