‘Star Wars’ Actor Peter Mayhew Tangles with TSA Over Lightsaber Cane

By June 10, 2013

As if we needed one more reason to think that the TSA had been corrupted by the Dark Side of the Force, they go ahead and provide us with a perfect example by messing with a Star Wars icon. Peter Mayhew, best known for his excellent portrayal of Chewbacca in George Lucas’ original trilogy, was trying to return from Denver Comic-Con back to his home in North Texas last week when he was stopped by the TSA at the Denver International Airport.

The reason? They thought it was worthwhile to inspect his cane, which is shaped like a lightsaber. The 69-year-old actor needs the cane to stand (he’s a towering 7 feet 2 inches tall), and while most people that age may have endured the incident in silence, Mayhew took to his Twitter account to document the proceedings. (The photo at the top of this post comes from his Twitter page.)

“Magic words to TSA are not ‘please’ or ‘thank you’…It’s ‘Twitter’…cane released to go home.”

“Giant man need giant cane…small cane snap like toothpick…besides..my light saber cane is just cool…I would miss it.”

(Mayhew and the cane in question, making Harrison Ford look tiny.)

Naturally, the TSA released a statement of their own to try to downplay the whole issue:

“Because of the unusual weight of the passenger’s cane, a security officer alerted a supervisor. Less than five minutes later, the passenger and cane were cleared to travel.”

But I think we can all read between the lines and appreciate the power of social media in this case. Check out this awesome animated recreation of the event in this YouTube video below:

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