TSA To Superhero Wannabes: No Batarangs On Flights Please!

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The Transportation Safety Administration is reminding Batman enthusiasts to check their batarangs when they fly.

In case you’re not an enthusiast of the Dark Knight, batarangs are the sharp, metal bat-shaped weapons that Batman throws at his enemies. According to the TSA, people keep trying to carry them onto planes, only to have them confiscated at security checkpoints.

TSA agents at SLC shared an image on Instagram of multiple batarangs that came through a security checkpoint there, and reminded pax with a refreshing sense of humour that the bat weapons should be "placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword and other utility belt items."

This isn't the 1st time the TSA has struggled with superhero-related weapons in airports. A spokesman wrote on TSA's travel tips blog: "Every year during Comic-Con International, our officers have issues with the various items that people purchase and then either carry-on or place in their checked bags. These come in the form of figurines, costume items (including replica and real weapons) and other mementos that generally alarm our checkpoint and checked baggage screening systems and result in a bag check."

In June, Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, was stopped at the airport in Denver when agents thought his light saber-shaped walking cane looked suspiciously like an actual weapon. 

Mayhew, who is more than 7 ft. tall, eventually made it through the checkpoint with his cane. Let’s hope his Star Wars royalties paid for extra legroom.

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