These are not the Wookies you’re looking for, TSA
posted at 11:22 am on June 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Really — how many Star Wars jokes can we get out of Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew’s misadventures with TSA last weekend?
Transportation Security Administration agents in Denver briefly stopped “Star Wars” franchise actor Peter Mayhew recently as he was boarding a flight with a cane shaped like one of science-fiction’s most iconic weapons.
Airport officials say they wanted to inspect the huge walking stick before allowing Mayhew, who is more than 7 feet tall, on the plane.
Mayhew tweeted “Giant man need giant cane” from his verified Twitter account when the incident happened June 3. He also posted photos showing a TSA agent holding the replica laser sword, which comes up to his chest.
Mayhew’s Twitter users tried some Jedi mind tricks on TSA to get Mayhew past the security check point, but TSA insists that it did no good:
“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. Social media played no role in the determination,” the TSA said in a brief statement released to The Associated Press on Saturday.
That’s what Clone Army troopers always say, though ….