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This Means War

Ken Lloyd and his wife visited the Royal Signals Museum at Blandford Garrison in England, and bought a plastic toy souvenir: a “signaler crouching” figurine. But at the airport, an airport security agent decided the package was “suspicious” due to the toy soldier’s 3-inch long clear plastic gun — she declared it a “firearm.” She called her supervisor, who forced the couple return to the airport concourse to mail the toy home in a padded envelope. The package took five days to arrive at the Lloyd’s home in Canada. A spokesman from the Royal Signals Museum commented, “It’s probably just as well we didn’t sell her a toy tank.” (JW/Bournemouth Echo) ...The gun wasn’t loaded, but you have to wonder if the security agents were.
Original Publication Date: 13 February 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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