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These are not the Wookies you’re looking for, TSA

posted at 11:22 am on June 10, 2013 by

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 ….

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Because of the unusual weight of the passenger’s cane? I bet it didn’t fit in the little box used to determine carry ons either.

Cindy Munford on June 10, 2013 at 11:37 AM

I bet she uses that lightsaber to cut the arugula in her garden.

Flange on June 10, 2013 at 11:40 AM

TSA: may the farce be with you.

Bitter Clinger on June 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Of coure they let him through. That’s ’cause TSA agents don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they miss a flight. Wookies have been known to do that….

apostic on June 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

It’s Peter Mayhew, not Dave.

gwelf on June 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Wookiees*

Othniel on June 10, 2013 at 11:54 AM

It’s Peter Mayhew, not Dave.

gwelf on June 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

D’oh! Fixed, and thanks.

Ed Morrissey on June 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Real Lightsaber had to be replaced with a plastic one.

Oil Can on June 10, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“Per TSA regulation, ancient weapons and hokey religions are not allowed past the checkpoint.”

Tremor on June 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

D’oh! Fixed, and thanks.

Ed Morrissey on June 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

My life spent knowing completely trivial pieces of information has finally paid off!

gwelf on June 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Chewbacca lives in Texas? Who knew?

As for the TSA, The Farce is strong with them.

iurockhead on June 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Chewbacca lives in Texas? Who knew?

iurockhead on June 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Um, everything’s bigger in Texas. He’s actually kinda scrawny by comparison.

Odysseus on June 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM

“Per TSA regulation, ancient weapons and hokey religions are not allowed past the checkpoint.”

Tremor on June 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Actually, that rule would be pretty handy. Of course, someone would call it profiling……

GWB on June 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Of coure they let him through. That’s ’cause TSA agents don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they miss a flight. Wookies have been known to do that….

apostic on June 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM

ROFL

dentarthurdent on June 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

American Airlines “intervened?” With TSA? Who’s in charge here?

rogaineguy on June 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I met Mr. Mayhew some years back. Charming fellow, soft-spoken and laid back as if he’d cultivated a manner for people to quickly get over his colossal height.

The one thing that still makes me giggle is, at the time we met I didn’t know his face or name, but that WALK!!! As he loped forward, knock-kneed, to extend me his giant paw, my mind squealed, ‘OHMYGAWD—it’s CHEWBACCA!’

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on June 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM