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Phyllis May's Sock Monkey, 'Rooster Monkburn,' Has Toy Gun Confiscated By TSA

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A TSA official in St. Louis doesn't want to monkey around: She's even willing to confiscate a two-inch toy gun belonging to a sock monkey.

The gun-toting sock monkey is named "Rooster Monkburn," and belongs to Phyllis May, a woman who makes quirky dolls out of her home in Redmond, Wash.

She and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac last Wednesday and was carrying “Rooster Monkburn,” an eyepatch-wearing spoof of "Rooster Cogburn," the character played by Jeff Bridges in the film "True Grit" in her carry-on bag, reported.

“His pistol was in there,” she says of the sock monkey “Rooster Monkburn,” a take-off on John Wayne character “Rooster Cogburn” from the film “True Grit.”

May and her husband were being screened when a TSA official went through the bag, and found the two-inch long toy pistol.

“She said ‘this is a gun,’” May told KING-TV. “I said, 'No, it’s not a gun it’s a prop for my monkey.”

The agent then told May: "If I held it up to your neck, you wouldn’t know if it was real or not."

May said she told the agent, "You’re kidding me, right?" but the agent insisted the tiny pistol looked like a real gun and had to be confiscated, UPI reported. The agent also told May she had to call police.

May thought the reaction to the monkey's toy gun was bananas.

"Rooster Monkburn has been disarmed so I’m sure everyone on the plane was safe," she said, according to the Herald Sun. "I understand she was doing her job but at some point doesn’t common sense prevail?"

The TSA agent eventually decided the police weren't needed.

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