How not to roll through a checkpoint . . .

Local Press Release
Thursday, October 31, 2019
No replica guns are allowed on an aircraft. A man brought this gun-shaped toilet paper holder with him to a checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport on Wednesday. (TSA photo)

NEWARK, NJ —  Someone had a crappy day at one of the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints yesterday at Newark Liberty International Airport when he didn’t watch his “Pees and Qs” and instead of rolling through the security process, this cowboy got stopped up when he was found to have a most unusual prohibited item in his carry-on bag on Tuesday, October 29.

When the carry-on bag entered the checkpoint X-ray machine where a TSA officer spotted the revolver. TSA needed to get to the bottom of it, and when the bag was opened, the item that had triggered an alarm wasn’t an actual firearm at all. Instead, it was a realistic replica gun that had been configured into a toilet paper roller.

Yes, this most unusual revolver was not designed to spin bullets. It was designed to spin toilet paper.

TSA does not permit travelers to bring real or replica firearms through a checkpoint. However, it would have been ideal to pack this pistol in a checked bag. Unsure if an item can go in a carry-on bag, a checked bag, either or neither? Send TSA your question via Twitter at @AskTSA or via Facebook Messenger. Or use the handy “What Can I Bring” feature on the TSA website.