While on his way through the Denver airport, Peter Mayhew, 69, best known as the actor who played Chewbacca from “Star Wars,” was detained by TSA trying to get through airport security. Apparently, Mayhew’s light saber looking walking cane caused alarm to security officers and he was told that he couldn’t bring the item onboard.
Although unable to walk without the help of a cane, no amount of begging or explaining on Mayhew’s part could make the security officials budge. However, starting to Tweet seemed to do the trick. Sitting in a wheelchair, Mayhew started posting to his Twitter account from his phone. Almost as soon as Mayhew began Tweeting that TSA wouldn’t let him through with his walking cane, security officials returned his saber stick. Mayhew posted multiple pictures of the incident portraying the officials holding his cane along with captions reading that the TSA “won’t allow me through the airport with me cane.”
After security returned Mayhew’s light saber cane to him, he proceeded to his flight without incurring any further problems. Seemingly lighthearted about the whole occurrence, the 7’2 Mayhew later Tweeted, however, “giant man need giant cane, small cane snap like toothpick.”
“In Dallas. Thank you to @AmericanAir for checking on me. Problem was all @TSA. I’m a million-miler on American and they are a class act,” Mayhew wrote.
The actor also retweeted an astronomer who noted the sage advice of Han Solo in tough situations: TSA “Just learned Star Wars lesson #1: ‘Let the Wookie[e] Win.'”
Peter Mayhew detailed an incident where he said security initially wouldn’t allow him to take his “Star Wars”-style cane through the airport.
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