Today’s winner is The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. They get the award for the following.
A pendant in the shape of an antique Colt 45 pistol almost landed Marnina Norys in the hoosegow on Monday.
The 39-year-old Toronto resident was caught by alert Kelowna Airport security wearing the 1.75-inch sterling silver pendant on a chain around her neck.
“That’s a replica,” an unidentified security agent told the harried traveller as if she would understand that replica weapons, even miniaturized pieces of jewelry, are not allowed.
Her jewelry posed no threat, responded Norys, and could hardly be used to hijack an airplane. “It’s what it represents,” said the agent.
“How do you know it wasn’t a real gun?” asked Guy, a security agent with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, who also declined to provide his last name.
“Who knows if there is a gun that small that can shoot bullets? You don’t know that. They followed the rules.”
Anyone who tries to get through airport security with a piece of jewelry that looks like a miniature knife, spear or any other weapon would be told the same thing, he said.
This whole story is hysterical. Go to the link above and read it in its entirety, plus this followup one. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority has since apologized for their stupidity but I’ll still name them today’s Knucklehead of the Day.
A picture of the offending ‘weapon’ is below the fold.
Hat tip- Eugene Volokh at The Volokh Conspiracy