Toy Soldier Gun Causes Flap At London Airport

Security officers at London's Gatwick Airport are getting flap for confiscating a toy soldier accessory from a Canadian tourist catching a transatlantic flight.

At issue is the fact that the 9-inch replica of a British soldier came with the accessory of a 3-inch resin gun, which security screeners branded a "firearm."

Julie Lloyd, 59, says she bought the $215 figurine with the replica Army SA80 rifle as a gift for her husband, a retired Toronto policeman.

"I took it to the airport still in its wrapping, but they discovered the little gun when it was scanned," Lloyd tells the Daily Mail newspaper. "I had it in my hand luggage. I just didn't think it would cause a problem. They said rules were rules. There was no flexibility or common sense."

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She adds the toy gun didn't even have a trigger.

Lloyd left the security line and bought a padded envelope to mail the little gun home. She says it arrived a few days later.

She had purchased the toy soldier at the Royal Signals Museum, a military museum in Dorset, where officials were surprised the toy gun raised security concerns.

"It's probably just as well we didn't sell her a toy tank," a museum spokesman says.

Officials at Gatwick say they are investigating the incident.

Photo, Ballantynes of Walkerburn Ltd
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