Is it just us or is America getting weirder by the moment?
Last weekend, a woman went to board her flight at BWI when the TSA stopped her. There was something in her carry-on they wanted to take a closer look at.
Good reason too. According to TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein, the unidentified traveller had a pair of gun-themed shoes and bracelets in one of her carry-on bags. By gun-themed, we mean that the massive heels on the shoes were designed to look like handguns, while bullet-shaped adornments decorated other parts of the shoe.
“We do not permit replica guns or ammunition past checkpoints,” Farbstein says. “She was advised that she could put them in a checked bag.”
The woman returned to the airline counter and tried to get the shoes and bracelets checked, Farbstein said, but it was too late. She returned to the checkpoint “and left the shoes and bracelets with TSA in order to catch her flight.”
“Items such as this look like real, actual firearms to the TSA officers who are staffing the X-ray monitors,” and will only cause delays, Farbstein says. “It will definitely slow them down, slow down their travelling companions who are waiting for them, and it will slow down the checkpoint lines for other travellers.”
The shoes appear to be the same model as one made by Pleaser Shoes, which makes what it describes as sensuous, sexy and wild footwear.
“Hey guys, make smart decisions about your carry-on bags. We’d hate 4 u 2 miss ur flight or lose ur #PleaserShoes,” the company tweeted.