TSA Tries To Confiscate Peter Mayhew’s Lightsaber-Shaped Cane

Twitter image: Peter Mayhew

TSA Debates ‘Gui-Gon vs. Obi-Wan’ while Peter Mayhew waits for his cane back.

Security theater met real cinema on June 3rd when TSA commissars attempted to seize actor Peter Mayhew’s cane at Denver International Airport. What would they have thought of a lightsaber-shaped 3-watt laser? They probably wouldn’t have even noticed it, because they were too busy confiscating tiny pocketknives . . .

The 7 foot, 2 inch actor, famous for portraying Chewbacca in the only 3 Star Wars films worth watching, uses a lightsaber-styled cane to help him walk with a bum knee. Despite frequent travel to sci-fi conventions around the world, his cane never caused any trouble until now.

While the Blue Gloves debated, Mayhew Tweeted the above photo and a brief explanation: “Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick…. besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it..”

Several minutes later, the TSA relented and allowed him to board his flight home. As Chewie would say, “Grraaauuaaaigh!” (And Han would translate as “Finally!”)

We know that many blue-gloved junktouchers probably do live in their parents’ basements and play a lot of World Of Warcraft online, and maybe this is why they’re demonstrating a poor ability to separate fantasy from reality. I hate to burst their ‘Veterans Of The 501st Legion’ bubble, but lightsabers are what we on Earth like to call ‘imaginary’ weapons. At least for now.


  1. jwm says:

    Chewbaca should have pulled their arms off and beat them over the head with them.

    1. Chris Dumm says:

      I suggest a new strategy: let the wookie win.

      1. sagebrushracer says:

        gah, you both beat me to it.

  2. Ducky says:

    I thought his quote was pretty funny.
    “Magic words to TSA are not “please” or “thank you”.. It’s “Twitter”.. cane released to go home..”

  3. ChuckN says:

    Depending on the size of the airport, it might have been
    interesting if someone stood up and hollered “The TSA
    is stealing from Chewbacca in this aisle”. The resulting
    crowd (most packing cell phones) would have at least
    made the TSA more cooperative if not anxious to
    postpone their stupidity.

  4. Ralph says:

    lightsabers are what we on Earth like to call ‘imaginary’ weapons.

    And TSA agents are what we on Earth like to call ‘imaginary’ security.

  5. NYC2AZ says:

    TSA = Tough Shit America

  6. Duncan Idaho says:

    It’s really sad that they had to debate Qui-Gon vs. Obiwan. Qui-gon Jinn for sure.
    Back on topic, it’s really aggravating that the TSA is hassling a disabled person about a walking aid.

    “When we sacrifice liberty to attain security, we will lose both.”

  7. borg says:

    This looks like an Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) violation in the making. Thankfully the TSA did not follow through with the ADA violation and let the disabled actor keep his walking aid.

  8. Wood says:

    “blue-gloved junktouchers“

    Lmao!!! That’s good stuff right there.

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TSA Tries To Confiscate Peter Mayhew’s Lightsaber-Shaped Cane

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