A man wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon character holding a gun was stopped from boarding a flight by the security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Brad Jayakody, from Bayswater, central London, said he was “stumped” at the objection to his Transformers T-shirt.
Mr Jayakody said he had to change before boarding as security officers objected to the gun, held by the cartoon character.
Airport operator BAA said it was investigating the incident.
Mr Jayakody said the incident happened a few weeks ago, when he was challenged by an official during a pre-flight security check.
And to think there are people who believe this sort of stuff is still for their ‘security’ and scoff at those speaking of a Police State.
“He says, ‘we won’t be able to let you through because your T-shirt has got a gun on it’,” Mr Jayakody said.
“I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’.
“[The official’s] supervisor comes over and goes ‘sorry we can’t let you through and you’ve a gun on your T-shirt’,” he said.
Mr Jayakody said he had to strip and change his T-shirt there before he was allowed to board his flight.
“I was just looking for someone with a bit of common sense,” he said.
“It’s a cartoon robot – what threat is it to security or offensive to anyone at all?”
A BAA spokesman said there was no record of the incident and no “formal complaint” had been made.
“If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it, for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it,” he said.
“We are investigating what happened to see if it came under this category.
“If it’s offensive, we don’t want other passengers upset.”
A Transformers T-shirt. They would not let him on the plane because it may offend someone? That is rubbish. This is a perfect example of the application of Collectivist methodology in order to remove our freedoms.
By claiming it would offend an arbitrarily set group, one individual can control the behaviour of/ restrict the actions of many. This is also only applied top-down. That is, if I find the governments policies offensive or the behaviour of stupid security guards at airports offensive, that can be ignored. The same way the government can focus on a knife stabbing in Britain to force through laws making buying swords illegal, or try to ban firearms for 300 million people because a kid shot up a school (Imagine how far he would have gotten if the students were armed also). On top of this, I’m sure more people will find the actions of the guard offensive than would find the T-shirt offensive. It’s Transformers – Terrorists in Disguise I guess.
So, what if someone is killed with a spoon? What if someone is drowned? Ban spoons and lakes? The government can mix and match events to further their agenda which always involves more controls over your freedom and behaviour under the guise of ‘protecting you’. Which obviously means they think you cannot protect yourself. You silly child!
If I wore a Legend of the Over-fiend T-shirt would that make me a demi-god demon-rapist? It is totally pathetic. Can you imagine a society where the State engages huge amounts of taxpayers money and time engineering peoples behaviour around the possibility it may offend ‘someone else?’
Hopefully these reports will force more sheep to think for themselves about what is going on. For more background on this ridiculous behaviour (and to see it in context of the police state), read the article on Infowars.net by Steve Watson.
Photo-fit image of the potential terrorist seen in the wild.