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TSA Screeners Play Fashion Police, Force Woman to Miss Flight Over Aesthetically Displeasing Purse

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pistol purse

We already knew the TSA had a thing against grenade bling. Taking a cue from Britain's fear of Thumbelina terrorists, the TSA now reminds us that tiny pistol purses aren't cool either:

Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped her at the security gate because of the design of a gun on her handbag.

Even after they figured out the gun was a fake, TSA officials still wouldn't let her take the purse into the cabin. They also took so long that Gibbs missed her flight.

Vanessa and her mom said it's hard to believe anyone could mistake the design on the purse for a real gun because it's just a few inches in size and it's hollow, not to mention Vanessa has taken it on planes before.

TSA isn't budging on the handbag, arguing the phony gun could be considered a "replica weapon." The TSA says "replica weapons have [been] prohibited since 2002."

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