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TSA Seizes Sock Monkey’s Toy Gun

Yep, you read the headline right. Thanks to a TSA agent in St. Louis, the world is a much safer place after she disarmed Rooster Monkburn in what I’m sure was a stand off at the Missouri airport.  

Rooster Monkburn, as he is called by his “maker” Phyllis May, was sporting the two-inch guns as he tried to get through security at the St. Louis airport.  Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun, according to local reports.

“The agent said “This is a gun!”” said Phyllis May, recounting the experience. “I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”

Rooster Monkburn

Phyllis has a small business selling sock monkeys. She was also questioned for bringing sewing supplies she uses to make the stuffed animals in her carry-on bag. TSA agents told her they would have to confiscate the miniature firearm and call the police, although local reports state they never did call authorities. May’s sewing supplies were ultimately returned to her.

“Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe,” said May. “I understand the agent was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?”

May had named the disarmed monkey Rooster Monkburn after Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne‘s character in the film True Grit.

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