Add The Giottos Rocket To Your List Of Silly Things Banned By The TSA

While the TSA may have a point not allowing cannonballs and ninja stars onto flights, it bars way more innocuous items like baby food and... air puffers?

Apparently a redditor, marvellously named Gynoceros, was travelling through Newark airport when the TSA confiscated his Giottos Rocket air puffer. This device is popular among photographers for its ability to gently blow away dust from delicate camera and lens parts. However, it apparently bears too strong a resemblance to a cartoon bomb to make it past security.

According to Gynocerous:

FYI — If you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor — no metal, no moving parts), the TSA may confiscate it because it "looks like a bomb", no questions asked.

Just f**king happened to me in Newark. I knew I'd get robbed in Newark one day.

At this rate, pencils soon won't be allowed on-board because they could potentially be used to depict a bomb, which is obviously a clear and present danger to the security of these United States. [Reddit via Petapixel]


Comments

    couldn't you just cut off the silly wings?

    The "silly wings" are there so it can stand vertically.

    Had the same problem. I cut the wings off. No more problem. PS, it's OK to just let it sit on it's side. :)

      True.. But the point is you shouldn't have to.

    You should have seen the response when I dared to order cake and ice-cream covered in meringue at an airport restaurant!

    Dammit. I am perfectly capable of imagining a bomb exploding .. On a plane.
    Will the TSA want to confiscate my brain now?

      Doubtful they'd know what one looks like...

    yep. Happened to me in Dallas Love Field with simpler bulb dust blower.

    Just squeeze the air out first and use a strong rubber band to keep it collapsed before packing it in luggage. Shouldn't look dangerous like that.

    TSA has nothing else to do, Let's banned this because it looks like to be banned.
    Really? seriously?

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