Optimus Prime found offensive at Heathrow - US says NO JOE!!
Monday, June 2nd, 2008 10:17am CDTCategories: Digital Media News, Editorials
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The UK's Daily Mail reports that a man was held from boarding a plane at London's Heathrow Airport because he was wearing a shirt which depicted Autobot Leader Optimus Prime holding a gun.
Taken from the Daily Mail:
Brad Jayakody, 30, from London, said he was stopped from passing through security at Heathrow's Terminal 5 after his Transformers T-shirt was deemed 'offensive.'
Mr Jayakody said the first guard started joking with him about the Transformers character depicted on his French Connection T-shirt.
'"Then he explains that since Megatron is holding a gun, I'm not allowed to fly,' he said.
Now obviously this guy is innocent. For one, he can't even recognize Optimus Prime on his own shirt. And secondly, its a TSHIRT with a TRANSFORMER on it!
Before you Americans poke fun, get a load of this one.
BBC News reports that a woman was denied entry into Los Angeles, CA's LAX Airport for having a GI Joe Figure in her carry on baggage.
Taken from BBC News:
A doll caused a security alert at an American airport because its two-inch plastic gun was considered a dangerous weapon.
Judy Powell, 55, from Walton on the Hill, Surrey, bought the GI Joe toy in Las Vegas and packed it in her hand luggage.
But security staff at Los Angeles International Airport refused to let Mrs Powell on board the plane with the replica rifle.
A Real American Death Threat?
Mrs Powell said: "I was simply stunned when I realised they were serious.
"Security examined the toy as if it was going to shoot them and looked at the rifle.
"I was really angry to start with because of the absurdity of the situation.
"But then I saw the funny side of it and thought this was simple lunacy."
Lunacy, Mrs. Powell, does not begin to explain it.
So let this be a lesson to all you Seibertronian's out there, before you board a plane think first "What would the TSA do?"
To view the complete article on Denying Prime, click here.
To view the complete article on NO JOE!!!, click here.
Credit(s): Starscream, The Daily Mail, BBC News
This article was last modified on Thursday, June 5th, 2008 10:44am CDT
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Posted by olokin on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:26am CDT
Posted by City Commander on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:28am CDT
Posted by King Slick on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:32am CDT
Posted by Orion_Prime48 on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:37am CDT
Posted by Skice on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:46am CDT
Posted by Sunstar on June 2nd, 2008 @ 10:49am CDT
I would like to see someone take over a plane with a 2 inch plastic gun or a drawing. what are they gonna do with it? stick it in the pilot's eye, or make them choke on it?
with this level of paranoia, the terrorists won, and they won long ago.
Posted by DMSL on June 2nd, 2008 @ 11:03am CDT
Posted by Dead Metal on June 2nd, 2008 @ 11:09am CDT
*Looks at article*
*Comes back to life, and.....
Oh for fu**s sake!
Posted by Lockdown72 on June 2nd, 2008 @ 11:40am CDT
Posted by Wheeljack35 on June 2nd, 2008 @ 11:54am CDT
I see t-shirts with skulls, on them why is this offensive
Posted by Zeds on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:25pm CDT
Posted by Cascadia on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:34pm CDT
Posted by ponycorn on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:58pm CDT
I rolled my eyes when my husband told me to put them in checked luggage! I had two big sandwich bags, one full of Joes, the other had weapons and stands. I also found G1 Sludge at a thriftstore in WA. So I put all of the above in checked luggage. I'm glad I did!
Posted by masterpeice_skyfire on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:58pm CDT
Posted by TFGnome on June 2nd, 2008 @ 1:02pm CDT
Posted by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2008 @ 1:28pm CDT
Posted by Ravage XK on June 2nd, 2008 @ 1:30pm CDT
I once flew into Orlando from Heathrow with a friend and he was wearing a T shirt with a picture of Starsky & Hutch and the words "Useless American Tw**s" printed beneath. I was sure he would be stopped in the UK and if he got that far pounced on by the US officials but nothing happened. I would have thought that would be far more offensive than Optimus Prime.
Posted by LadyNightHawk on June 2nd, 2008 @ 1:40pm CDT
Guess I better pack an extra shirt in my carry-on bag next time...just in case *sigh*.
Posted by DCybertron on June 2nd, 2008 @ 1:55pm CDT
Zeds wrote:Let me get this straight. They have issues with an action figure and a T-shirt and yet they allow people to carry 3 packs of matches on board to allow smokers to puff up as soon as they land. Who are the morons that makes this crap up!
the world has gone CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by Kern on June 2nd, 2008 @ 2:03pm CDT
Willing to bet whoever knocked the article up at the Mail asked the office at large 'Hey, who's the Transformer with a gun for an arm' and got the response of Megatron.