TSA Confiscates Blower Because “It Could Fly Like a Missile”
Of the things photographers should consider not putting into their carry-on luggage, the Giottos Rocket is pretty high up there. Generally the reason is that it somehow resembles a bomb. Even if the resemblance only exists in Looney Tunes. However, that isn’t why CanonRumors user Surapon lost his. Nope, this reason is
legit even dumber.
After being stopped by security to search his bag the TSA officer asked about the blower (which Surapon has never had issue with in 10 years of traveling). He responded courteously, even going so far as to demonstrate how it worked. That’s when the TSA pointed at the fins and asked… “can it fly like a rocket?”
Our hero was understandably dumbstruck.
In response to his silent shock, the TSA then took the blower to his supervisor and discussed it for a few minutes. When he returned to Surapon he said that the blower would need to be thrown away because if someone put gunpowder into it, “it could fly like a missile.”
Go ahead, read it again. Don’t bother wondering where the gunpowder would come from, that’s irrelevant. What matters is that it could fly, simply because it looks like a rocket. So could a water bottle, a DVD case or maybe even a boot, but hey…whatever.
Anyway, the result of the story is that Surapon tossed the blower and bought a new one when he got home (because you don’t argue with airport security). However, he made a quick change to the potentially lethal rocket by cutting off the fins. Apparently he hasn’t had a TSA issue since.
Via Canon Rumors