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Posted: 6/4/2008 2:40:08 PM EDT
Is this a sign of times to come?  

Airport staff stop passenger boarding for wearing Transformers T-shirt

Airport guards have stopped a man boarding a plane for wearing a Transformers T-shirt showing a cartoon gun.
Brad Jayakody, 30, was told he had to change his T-shirt if he wanted to catch his flight from Heathrow's Terminal 5.

His top showed the Transformers film character Optimus Prime holding a gun.

Mr Jayakody, an IT consultant, was scheduled to board the British Airways plane to Dusseldorf, Germany, with four work colleagues.

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"My mate set off the alarms and was searched. But then the guy told me to stop and said 'you cannot get on the plane because there is a gun on your T-shirt'" he said.

Mr Jayakody, from Bayswater, West London was then threatened with arrest after he asked to see the security chief.

He said: "It's a cartoon robot with a gun as an arm. What was I going to do, use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?

"I was flabbergasted. I thought the supervisor would come over and see sense, but he didn't. After I changed he said if I changed back I would be arrested."

A spokesman for Heathrow operator BAA said: "If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it.

"We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category."

Last year Gatwick guards made a woman hand over a beef sandwich before boarding and last week a PhD student was stopped for wearing a gun-shaped charm necklace at an airport in Canada.

In 2006 a human rights activist was prevented from boarding a plane in New York, for while wearing a T-shirt that read, "We will not be silent," in English and Arabic.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:42:01 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:43:13 PM EDT
Welcome to last week.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:44:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:45:25 PM EDT

UK is completely insane.

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:46:31 PM EDT


UK is completely insane.


It is truely amazing how far they have fallen.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 2:50:29 PM EDT


Oops...  Oh well, did a search for 3 mos. on "t-shirt flight" and "tshirt flight."
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 3:38:42 PM EDT
person with gun = citizen

person without gun = subject

Once again, the second maintains the first
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