TSA confiscates Chewbacca’s light saber

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.

TSA agents haggle over what to do about Wookie's light saber.

TSA agents haggle over what to do about Wookie’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:

Star Wars actor Peter "Chewbacca" Mayhew waiting for TSA to relinquish his walking stick/light saber.

Star Wars actor Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew waiting for TSA to relinquish his walking stick/light saber.

I do have to say that this was perhaps my favorite tweet about the episode:

chewbacca-racist

And a new TSA warning sign that a fan created, gets an honorable mention:

Chewbacca-TSA-light-saberSo we can now add “traveling while Wookie” to our ever-growing list of things banned by the TSA:


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