Toddler Left Distraught After Fart-Blaster Toy Seized By Security
A 3 yr. old boy got a lesson in the
harsh reality of post 9/11 airport security after having his Minion toy gun -
or more accurately his Minion Fart Blaster - confiscated at DUB.
Toddler Leo Fitzpatrick was left
distraught after being told he could not take the toy with him while trying to
board a flight. The airport said toy guns - especially those with a trigger
mechanism- are on the prohibited items list.
Leo was travelling home from a trip to see his mother's family in Dublin when
his Minion Fart-Blaster toy showed up on the airport's x-ray machine. Officials
asked his mother Daire, 25, to empty his backpack and revealed the plastic
megaphone toy, which lights up and makes rude noises when the trigger is
The family, from Nottingham, were then
left bemused when security officials said it posed a risk and had to be seized
under rules governing replica weapons.
The youngster, who had received the
£25 toy as a present from his grandfather the day before, had to put on a brave
face while his favourite toy was confiscated.
Leo's mother said: “He was devastated.
He is very well-behaved and very polite, and he said ‘of course’ and left it
but he is very upset and doesn’t understand why he’s sharing his toy with the
man. It was such a shame. If you look at it it’s just ridiculous it could be
considered a weapon. I mean, would you shake with fear if I pointed a Minions
Fart-Blaster at you?”
Not the point, say airport officials.
“Toy guns and replica guns are on the
prohibited items list and we urge people to check this before they travel,” a
DUB spokesperson said. “If passengers are carrying prohibited items they must
be surrendered in order to continue on their journey. While it is unfortunate
the Minion toy had to be surrendered it is important to note that we do not
make up the security rules but we have to apply them.”
The airport told the family it would
store the toy so it could be collected later.
Unspoken in all of this foofaraw is
the actual damage that a 3 yr. old with a Fart Blaster could do to the flying
experience of fellow pax. Some may have silently applauded the security staff.