The farce was with him: TSA detains Chewbacca over ‘light saber’

Hey, it was a Wookiee mistake!

Peter Mayhew, the 7-2 English-born actor who first made history a long time ago playing Millennium Falcon First Mate Chewbacca in “Star Wars,” thought his light-saber-style cane was just something he used to walk with.

lightsaberThe storm troopers of the Transportation Security Administration stationed at Denver International Airport thought otherwise, and threatened to confiscate the walking stick as a threat to the safety of the American Airlines flight Mayhew was taking home to Texas.

That’s when Mayhew decided to use the force of Twitter, tweeting his followers about his predicament, and asking them to retweet the news.

A man his size needs a strong cane to walk on, he wrote.

“Won’t allow me through the airport with me cane! Giant man need giant cane,” Mayhew tweeted. “Small cane snap like toothpick. Besides, my lightsaber is just cool. I’d miss it.”

Something got the message through to TSA, eventually allowing the return of the Jedi “weapon.”

Mayhew was convinced it was Twitter that saved the day.

“Magic words to TSA are not “please” or “thank you”.. It’s “Twitter,” he tweeted. “Cane released to go home.”

You think those Denver TSA folks aren’t embarrassed by the whole thing?

They R-2.


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