Rest assured, traveling public. Your security agents are working to keep you safe and they do mean business.
In case you did not see this in the news, they recently disarmed a flying passenger. It could have been a tragedy had they not acted swiftly.
Here, read it for yourself, as per an article by Andrew Johnson... Dateline: St. Louis, Missouri.
TSA agents in St. Louis, Missouri, disarmed Rooster Monkburn, a cowboy sock monkey, of his two-inch toy gun after a woman brought the stuffed monkey through security. Agents said that it posed a threat because it could be confused for a real gun.... Phyllis May, who was flying back to her home in Washington state, has a small business selling sock monkeys. She was also questioned for bringing the sewing supplies she uses to make the stuffed animals in her carry-on bag. TSA agents told her they would have to confiscate the miniature firearm and call the police [although local TV reported they never actually called the police]. May's sewing supplies were ultimately returned to her. "Rooser Monkburn has been disarmed so I'm sure everyone on the plane was safe," May quipped. "I understand [the TSA agent] was doing her job, but at some point doesn't common sense prevail?" May had named the disarmed monkey Rooster Monkburn after Rooster Cogburn, John Wayne's character in the film True Grit.
If you see this character, beware. I know I'm going to be careful about wearing my sock monkey slippers from now on. That is all.