Last Monday, the 3rd of June, Star Wars star Peter Mayhew, better known as everyone’s favourite Wookiee, Chewbacca, was briefly stopped by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Denver International Airport with his chest-high light saber. Standing 7-feet 2-inches tall, the light saber double’s as the 69 year old actor’s cane.
While the TSA Transportation Security Officers (TSO) may have been curious about Meyhew’s light saber, the fact is the TSA permits light sabers as carry on items. Not only does the TSA permit light sabers, but the agency expressly does so in writing.
Meyhew was cleared by TSA TSOs in less than five minutes to pass through the checkpoint with his light saber. One can only hope that next time TSA TSOs encounter a light saber they’ll be more familiar with carry on restrictions and not give it a second thought … although it should be noted the official reason the light saber shaped cane was stopped was due to the unusual weight of the item.