You Cannot Fly With Gun Replicas on Your Feet, Apparently

One passenger learned the hard way that shoes that look like pistols are a no-go at TSA security checkpoints.

Photo Credit: Twitter

By now, most of us are well acquainted with the items that will cause the TSA to slow your roll as you attempt to board flights. Lighters, nunchucks, more than 3.4 ounces of liquids and gels: these are verboten in your carry-on luggage. As are, of course, guns.

But what about clothes that just look like guns? Turns out, if you want to make your flight on time, you should probably not bring those through security checkpoints either.

That’s the lesson learned by one woman attempting to board a flight departing from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted a picture of a pair of platform stilettos with heels that look like pistols as an example of what not to wear—or even stash in your carry-on—before flying. The photo was accompanied by a message from Farbstein suggesting the shoes, and the accompanying bullet-studded bracelets, “are less than ideal to wear or bring to a @TSA checkpoint.”

Farbstein followed up with one more helpful hint: "Friendly reminder from @TSA: Realistic replica firearms and ammunition are not permitted past TSA checkpoints."

The TSA website includes an itemized list of what can and can't be stashed in your carry-on luggage. The next time you're hoping to take your nunchucks, brass knuckles or bullet-studded shoes on vacation with you, put them in your checked baggage instead. 

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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