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17-year-old missed flight to Jacksonville after agents inspected gun replica(design on purse)
newsjax4 ^ | Dec 01 2011 04:09:03 PM EST

Posted on 12/02/2011 11:14:58 AM PST by rawhide

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A teenage girl's sense of style got her in trouble at the airport.

Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag.

Gibbs said she had no problem going through security at Jacksonville International Airport, but rather, when she headed home from Virginia.

"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it," Gibbs said.

But her preference for the pistol style didn't sit well with TSA agents at the Norfolk airport.

Gibbs said she was headed back home to Jacksonville from a holiday trip when an agent flagged her purse as a security risk.

"She was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun,'" Gibbs said. "I'm like, 'But it's a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?'"

After agents figured out the gun was a fake, Gibbs said, TSA told her to check the bag or turn it over.

By the time security wrapped up the inspection, the pregnant teen missed her flight, and Southwest Airlines sent her to Orlando instead, worrying her mother, who was already waiting for her to arrive at JIA.

"Oh, it's terrifying. I was so upset," said Tami Gibbs, the teen's mom. "I was on the phone all the way to Orlando trying to figure out what was going on with her. It was terrifying. I don't ever want to go through it again."

Vanessa and her mom said it's hard to believe anyone could mistake the design on the purse for a real gun because it's just a few inches in size and it's hollow, not to mention Vanessa has taken it on planes before.

"I carried this from Jacksonville to Norfolk, and I've carried it from Norfolk to Jacksonville," Vanessa said. "Never once has anyone said anything about it until now."

TSA isn't budging on the handbag, arguing the phony gun could be considered a "replica weapon." The TSA says "replica weapons have prohibited since 2002."

It's a rule that Vanessa feels can't be applied to a purse.

"Common sense," she said. "It's a purse, not a weapon."

A TSA official at JIA said it's not that uncommon for passengers to wear something that could be considered a gun replica, but the official encourages everyone to check the prohibited items list, which can be found online or at the airport before going through security.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; design; govtabuse; govtassholes; gun; purse; rapeofliberty; tsa; tyranny; waronliberty
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To: rawhide

Where was SWAT? She needed to be tased for this and then beaten to pulp, subject to a strip search, and indefinite incarceration.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 11:37:05 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: wita

Around 91 was flying with my kid from LA and the morons in security (not TSA at the time) made us trash his souvenir from Disneyland one of those “Pirate” pistols that has an orange cap on the end. Like I was going to hijack the plane with flintlock pistol.....


22 posted on 12/02/2011 11:37:23 AM PST by Kozak ("It's not an Election it's a Restraining Order" .....PJ O'Rourke)
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To: Don Corleone

Too Stupid for Arby’s

They continue to prove themselve to be utter sacks of crap in Blue bags.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 11:38:12 AM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: rawhide

Apparently working for the TSA means checking your brain at the door.


24 posted on 12/02/2011 11:38:53 AM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: rawhide
can't wait til Michael Berry comes on the radio today. He had “LT” Dan from the TSA call in last week explaining how TSA agents were keeping us all from being killed and what heroes TSA agents are when they find a bomb and everyone else is running out of the building they are running in. Guy was Paul Blart with a real big ego problem. Michael had a field day with him. Oh yeah, this is going to be good.
25 posted on 12/02/2011 11:43:17 AM PST by dblshot (Insanity: electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: WayneS
Sure, it was not a functional weapon, but she looks smart - kinda like MacGyver. And he could turn it into a functional device to take over the plane and force the stewards to act straight, or at least less queer, and the stewardess to give out more drinks and peanuts like in the old days. She looks like the type who could take over the cockpit with just a sheet of paper, (don't laugh we all know how painful a paper-cut can be.) Just the image of a gun is enough to make some liberal wet themselves, and who knows if this girl was really a girl and not a terrorist covered in an elaborate full body suit and the gun on her purse a part for a more nefarious device to trigger an EMP pulse high in the atmosphere so that kids could no longer get their iTunes and disable the IRS datat center - the key to the device being cleverly camouflaged as a gun to throw off federal agents, who would of course ignore the purse because it is not a "real" gun. . I bet you didn't think about that did you!

Or it could be that the TSA is dumb as rocks, (no offense to rocks intended).

26 posted on 12/02/2011 11:44:01 AM PST by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Kozak

The Stasi jackboots made my sister toss a snow globe she had just bought at the airport gift store. Now, apparently, from photos I saw, they have new signs specifically saying no snow globes.


27 posted on 12/02/2011 11:46:36 AM PST by Borax Queen
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To: wideawake
In the thumbnail, it reminded me of those .22 cal belt buckles, which don't really look real to me either.


28 posted on 12/02/2011 11:49:13 AM PST by Wayne07
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To: rawhide

From the picture, it looks like it could be one of those .22 belt buckle pistols.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 11:49:13 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: Designer

When you drop the NSA from your list.

They aren’t interested in you sex life and don’t have time and staff to listen.

They have a real job in assessing real threats.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 11:49:54 AM PST by G Larry ("I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his Character.")
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To: WayneS

The point was not that it looked like a gun, IMHO. It was because someone that uses a gun design on a purse is probably conservative, more likely to be someone who values their freedoms, and so they were harassed for their political beliefs. No one in their right mind would think this is dangerous, so it leaves the whole situation open to discovering the ulterior motives of the TSA personnel.

If she had an Obama sticker on, she would not even have been searched.


31 posted on 12/02/2011 11:59:22 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota (Which are you? A producer, a looter, or a moocher of wealth?)
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To: rawhide

Hey, dummies. A cartoon of a gun is not the same as a gun.


32 posted on 12/02/2011 12:03:03 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: 4yearlurker
ALWAYS treat a purse like it’s loaded!

Exactly!! My wife's purse is definitely dangerous. It doesn't need a tacky pistol outline on the outside, because it's loaded with credit cards on the inside.


33 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:34 PM PST by Phlyer
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To: WayneS
"Those people are f—ked in the head..."

But she's the pregnant one!

34 posted on 12/02/2011 12:05:31 PM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Where was SWAT? She needed to be tased for this and then beaten to pulp, subject to a strip search, and indefinite incarceration.

They're supposed to shoot her dog, too.

35 posted on 12/02/2011 12:05:57 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Don Corleone

A real story —
I attended the IDPA Nationals in Lake Cormorant MS. After the awards on Sunday the mad dash for the Memphis Airport was on.
Among a group of twenty or so participants at least 5 of them had award plaques they carried with them on their carry ons.
On each of the plaques was a small (1.5”) silhouette of a handgun.
I sh*t you not - TSA began to peel off the backing on the plaques and stood around for twenty minutes deciding if these dangerous objects would be permitted on a plane. Finally someone in authority came by and gave the OK. By then a sizable crowd of us had gathered and watched in total disbelief.

This was one of the more stupefying acts of official government ineptness and feckless blunder to which I have ever been a witness.
At least for the most part these windup imbeciles remain enclosed in airports. That way we can avoid them.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 12:07:59 PM PST by LFOD (Formerly - Iraq, Afgahnistan - back home in Dixie.)
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To: PALIN SMITH
Yes, but that is not a result of being f--ked in the head.
37 posted on 12/02/2011 12:08:29 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25 percent more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: rawhide
In other news, Big Sis raids purse manufacturer looking for guns on purses.
38 posted on 12/02/2011 12:12:45 PM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: rawhide

Should sue for violation of freedom of speech.
(Clothing designs and accessories are “speech”.)


39 posted on 12/02/2011 12:21:49 PM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: rawhide

She has more sense than the “agents”


40 posted on 12/02/2011 12:25:50 PM PST by RnMomof7
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