Famed Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew, who played the Wookie “Chewbacca” in the original Star Wars films, found himself in a bit of trouble last week in Denver when he was preparing to fly back home to Dallas. You see, the 7 foot 3 inch actor has a walking stick, that he needs to, you know, walk, and it’s large (because he’s large). And to add to the fun, the cane looks like a light saber. The TSA was having none of it.
They took Chewbacca’s light saber.
Apparently, Mayhew was having no luck trying to explain that a 7 foot 3 inch man needs an extraordinarily large walking stick.
So Mayhew took to Twitter, posted a photo of him waiting in a wheel chair, while TSA held his walking stick and debated what to do you know, suddenly TSA relented.
Here’s a series of Tweets Mayhew posted after the incident was resolved, and the photo that helped to force the resolution:
I do have to say that this was perhaps my favorite tweet about the episode:
And a new TSA warning sign that a fan created, gets an honorable mention:
- Dangerous cupcake icing. Boo!
- Cream cheese, on it’s own, of course – if it’s on a bagel, it’s okay (seriously).
- PB&J for kids. Scary!
- TSA to allow pocket-knives, but not “massive steel dildos“
- 84 year old grandmothers.
- Numerous cancer patients and survivors. It just happens over and over and over.
- Let’s not forget those dangerous 95 year olds who are dying either.
- What about the 95 year old retired Air Force major?
- Or the shifty 3 year old kids who are screaming about being touched.
- TSA agent accidentally pepper-sprays colleagues, 6 hospitalized
- TSA dog bites woman in stomach for no reason
- Then there is my favorite, the 3 year old girl that’s a clear threat to America in a wheelchair, and her suspicious stuffed animal “Lamby” that simply had to be confiscated as a terror threat.
- Who could forget about the 18 month old baby on the no-fly list?
- Though to be fair, giving a pat-down to Henry Kissinger did sound a lot more reasonable.
- TSA orders wheel-chair bound double-amputee Marine to “walk”