Child's 'Minion Fart Blaster' Seized by Security at Dublin Airport
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It isn't silent nor deadly, but technically, the "Minion Fart Blaster" is still a replica gun, and those don't fly on planes.
Unfortunately, a toddler recently learned that lesson the hard way at Ireland's Dublin Airport.
The Daily Mail reported three-year-old Leo Fitzpatrick had his brand new present from his grandfather confiscated by security this past Saturday. An airport spokesman confirmed that screeners seized the toy gun after it was deemed a threat.
"Toy guns and replica guns are on the prohibited items list and we urge people to check this before they travel," said the spokesman via the Daily Mail. "If passengers are carrying prohibited items they must be surrendered in order to continue on their journey."
Fitzpatrick's mother Daire and her son were both understandably upset.
"He was devastated," she told the Daily Mail. "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?"
"It just looks like a megaphone — it doesn't look like a gun," she added. "I said to the man it can't be construed as a weapon and he said 'I know, but the button looks slightly trigger-like.'"
Compounding the bizarreness, Fitzpatrick said the security official admitted that his child had the same toy at home.
Here's a look at the toy gun in question courtesy of Fitzpatrick's friend Paula:
While it clearly isn't a threat, the Minion Fart Blaster's flatulent sounds are accompanied by a banana-like scent.
Fortunately, airport officials plan to keep the toy safe and return it to the child the next time he or his family pass through the airport.
"While we apologized to the family for the inconvenience caused we did say that we would hold onto the Minion toy so the family can collect [it]," said an airport spokesman via the Daily Mail. "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."
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