Sunday, July 13, 2008

'You've a gun on your T-shirt'

A "man wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon character holding a gun was stopped from boarding a flight by the security at Heathrow's Terminal 5," The BBC reported on June 1.

Brad Jayakody, from Bayswater, central London, said he was "stumped" at the objection to his Transformers T-shirt.

Mr. Jayakody, a clean-shaven young man with eyeglasses and short hair, said the incident happened in mid May, when he was challenged by an official during a pre-flight security check.

"He says, 'We won't be able to let you through because your T-shirt has got a gun on it'," Mr. Jayakody told reporters.

"I was like, 'What are you talking about?'

"(The goon's) supervisor comes over and goes, 'Sorry, we can't let you through and you've a gun on your T-shirt.' "

Mr. Jayakody said he had to strip and change his T-shirt before he was allowed to board his flight.

"It's a cartoon robot -- what threat is it to security or offensive to anyone at all?.."

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