As Peter Mayhew put it, the guy who made Chewbacca all that he is in its hairy presence, “Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick…. besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it.”
Star Wars actor Peter MayhewÂ was detained at Denver International Airport on June 3 because TSA thought his light saber cane was dangerous. Â So, his oversized acrylic light saber cane was dangerous. Â You guys at the TSA do know that light sabers don’t quite exist yet, right? Â You have several of my 8″ crescent wrenches, and definitely a handful of Gerber tools you’ve taken from me over the years. Â I still will never understand why you tell me I can have a 7″ crescent wrench but not an 8″ crescent wrench every single time you take one from me. Â If I had a 7″ crescent would you tell me I could only have a 6″ crescent?
From an article at CNET:
Mayhew’s explanation for this cane possession was very simple: “Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick…. besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it.”
Who could possibly argue with that? Well, the TSA folks wanted to.
However, quite extraordinarily, American Airlines intervened. Mayhew is an extremely frequent flyer and it seems that someone from the airline may have whispered to the TSA: “Do you really think a famous actor is going to hijack a plane with a lightsaber cane?”
Or words with that same ultimate meaning.
This was not before some of Mayhew’s Twitter followers made merry with this terrestrial nonsense.
One, Shane Moore, offered: “@TheWookieeRoarsÂ Chewie hijacks plane with light saber… takes passengers to Kashyyyk. Story tonight at 10!”
Mr. Mayhew, who goes by TheWookieeRoars on Twitter, took to Twitter to let the world know what was up. Â Chewbacca was just flying home from the Denver Comi-con, and TSA decided to snag his cane because it “looked dangerous.” Â After a little bit, some magic happened — TSA released a statement because Mayhew sent out a tweet to 20,000+ followers. Â As you’ll notice in the picture above, it took three TSA agents to detain Mr. Mayhew, and I’m sure an entire communications department to decide what they should do that someone called them out on being ridiculous. Â Oh, I love paying tax money for these people. Â I have no job, and they have eleventy jobs.
Here’s a better shot of that awesome cane: