Ok the airport security checks are really ridiculous. Prior to 9/11, I and my squad came back from an exercise in S. Korea. We had a plaque to present to the squadron that incorporated two 6” plastic M-16’s. We were not allowed to hand carry it onto the aircraft. The crew had to keep it safe in a locked luggage area (so we could not take over the aircraft).
After 9/11 my 8 year old nephew was stopped and they were not going to let him board the aircraft because he had toy plastic army men in his carry on (the 3” molded plastic type).
About 2 years ago I had to go to a business meeting in Georgia (the State) and when I got to my hotel room and unpacked my laptop bag. I found a 3 oz. bottle of OC spray that I had forgotten was in my bag.
I guess if the OC spray had been plastic army men they would have stopped me. Don’t get me wrong I do understand the need for the security checks, but sometimes they remind me of the old Benny Hill skit. Where the ugly older woman who is dripping with weapons is passed through the inspection and the beautiful babe is strip searched.