A five-year-old boy’s stuffed animal snake was confiscated at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport Friday.
The boy’s mother, Nicole Fritz, took to Twitter to show an image of the toy and explain what happened at the airport.
“This is the soft toy python taken from my son by @Airports_ZA . He is heartbroken,” she said. “It was his fifth birthday present, given only last week, from his grandmother.”
“The justification from @Airports_ZA is that it is a replica but as you can tell only a half-wit would mistake it for the real thing. It looks only like what it is – a child’s plush toy.”
She explained “We were just so taken aback. We couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It’s not a rubber snake. It’s a soft toy. People were kind of laughing around him. Nobody thought for an instant it was real. Nobody could think it was a lifelike representation.”
Actions that could land a passenger on the TSA’s list — known as the “95 list” — include swatting away a security officer’s hand, loitering suspiciously near to a checkpoint, or anything that poses “challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.”
Since the list’s creation in February, fewer than 50 people have been added. Guidelines in the directive prohibit profiling and inclusion in the list based on race, gender, or religion…Cick Here To Keep Reading