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Moscow Area Airport Allows Kalashnikov Store To Sell Fake Guns

Airlines & Airports | Gabe Zaldivar | August 24, 2016

Moscow Area Airport Allows Kalashnikov Store To Sell Fake Guns

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Don't bring your fake gun to the airport any longer, because one location will begin selling them to you!

Reuters reports the gun maker renowned for its AK-47 has opened a shop at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport.

Kalashnikov is iconic the world over. So, it’s no surprise that it would have shop where you can buy trinkets and t-shirts to show to friends when you return home. The one thing you wouldn’t expect to find among its available items is a fake gun.

TravelPulse has covered stories before when fake weapons were seized by officials attempting to avert, at the very least, a widespread panic. Just this July a traveler ran into security issues when his iPhone case, shaped like a gun, caused a worry at Stansted Airport.

The bustling airport will house the Kalashnikov outlet at what is described as the rail-link section of the location. Once there, you can buy the usual parade of souvenirs that will no doubt collect dust in the garage decades from now. 

This includes a plastic gun, which isn’t garnering much worry. Reuters spoke with an airport official who offered assurances that the guns would be obvious fakes.

The report states: “The model guns - automatic pistols and rifles - would very clearly be imitations and would pose no security problems, he added.”

Seeing as how phone cases and even stilettos have caused issues in other parts of the world, we are eager to see what these plastic guns look like in person. Could they be extremely tiny, comically so? Or are they adorned with bright colors that would signify them as being anything but the real deal?

Well, the following image purports to be the model gun in question:

Kalashnikov's head of marketing, Vladimir Dmitriev, is understandably pleased with the announcement and offered the following, via Reuters: “Kalashnikov is one of the most popular brands that come to mind for most people in the world when they hear about Russia. So, we are pleased to provide the opportunity for everyone to take away from Russia a souvenir with our company brand."

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As many have asserted through social media, this smells like the kind of idea destined for failure.

We now await the look on TSA officials’ faces when Americans get off their plane in this country toting what Russia considers to be harmlessly looking toy guns.

If it were us, we would stick to the t-shirts. 

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