No you cannot board the flight with THAT

Martin Brinkmann
May 31, 2008
Updated • May 12, 2022

Reports are increasing in the last days where passengers had to give in to the demands of the boarding personal before they were allowed to board a flight. The first incident happened at Kelowna Airport in British Columbia, Canada. Marnina Norys, a Toronto resident, was asked to remove her necklace with a pendant of a miniature Colt 45 gun.

The pendant had no moving parts but she still had to race back to the check in to check in her carrying bag with the necklace because here luggage had long been gone. I like the question that one of the security guards was asking after the incident: "How do you know it wasn't a real gun?" Classic, ain't it ?

Now who would have thought that this incident could be topped so soon ? Brad Jayakody booked a flight with British Airways from Heathrow to Dusseldorf, Germany. He is wearing a showing Optimus Prime carrying a gun. Apparently passengers with shirts that depict guns cannot board flights anymore and he was asked to change his shirt to be able to board the flight. He was also reminded that he would be arrested if he would change the shirt again.

So what's next. Asking someone with a gun tattoo to remove it before boarding the plane ?

Update: Most airlines and national travel and transport agencies are making lists of items available that cannot be taken on board during flights. This basically is restricted to dangerous items and items where it is not clear if they are dangerous or not. While it is for instance possible to take an umbrella with you on a plane, you are not allowed to take non-safety matches, large scissors or even cigarette lighters on board.

It is recommended to check with the airline or the local travel agencies when in doubt.


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  1. Thunder7 said on June 3, 2008 at 7:46 am

    I read this on
    Thought it was a joke at first!.

    I suppose someone thinks you can create a real gun with an image on a tee

    As Bruno said; Terrorism’s
    is the key. And @ 10,000 feet the flight is scary enough some times.

  2. Bruno said on May 31, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Terrorism’s key criteria on wikipedia :
    Violence, Psychological impact and fear, Perpetrated for a Political Goal, Deliberate targeting of non-combatants, Disguise

    so where is the difference ? in last criteria :
    Unlawfulness or illegitimacy

    btw, I’m afraid, not bye terrorists but bye antiterrorists’s methodes and goals.

    1. Shanna said on October 24, 2011 at 4:14 am

      Absolutely first rate and copper-bottomed, gnletemen!

  3. Martin said on May 31, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not that of a Transformers fan but I still think that this is not Megatron, any fan who has the answer ?

  4. Sol Young said on May 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    According to the T-shirt owner’s blog, it is Megatron and produced by French Connection.

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