Actor Peter Mayhew, whom all of us know as Chewbacca, got into some trouble over, get this, his lightsaber cane!
There's some basic understanding between airflight passengers and the TSA. Whether you think they provide safety or just the illusion of safety, there is a general awareness that you might get the pat-down/irradiation treatment. But, one hopes at least, the TSA treat passengers with basic human dignity.
That, apparently, was not the case for Peter Mayhew. Agents in Denver detained the actor and, allegedly, attempted to confiscate his cane. Did we mention his cane is shaped like a lightsaber?
How did Mayhew get out of trouble? Twitter.
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar…— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
That's right -- Mayhew told Twitter of this was and, according to him, that was the sole reason his cane was returned to him and he was sent on his merry way.
The TSA, however, tells a different story.
Because of the unusual weight of the passenger's cane, a security officer alerted a supervisor. Less than five minutes later the passenger and cane were cleared to travel. Social media played no role in the determination.
What really happened? Here's a better question -- who are these TSA agents who don't recognize a lightsaber at sight?