Sleep peacefully tonight, America. TSA agents in St. Louis have disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock monkey, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman tried to take the stuffed animal through airport security.
Agents said Rooster posed a threat because his tiny toy gun could be confused for a real gun.
In this “breaking story” from KING 5 News in Seattle, Rooster’s accomplice (the sock monkey’s owner), Phyllis May of Redmond, Washington, says she is “appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time” about the incident that happened last week:
“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey ‘Rooster Monkburn,’ a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film ‘True Grit.’
May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.
“And the (TSA agent) held it up and said ‘whose is this?’”, she said. “I realized oh, my God this is my bag.”
After the diligent TSA agent explained to May that “this is a gun,” the bemused woman responded.
“I said no, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey. She said ‘If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not,’ and I said ‘really?’”
The agent then told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun and was supposed to call the police.