[Ed. – The TSA hasn’t made this big a collar since they confiscated some dude’s 1950s-era Flash Gordon-style ray-gun belt buckle.]
A former police officer had her tiny gun necklace confiscated at airport security because it was “too dangerous” and passengers might think it was real.
Claire Sharp, who used to work for special branch, had the piece of jewellery taken off her as she was travelling to Perugia in Italy from London Stansted Airport on Friday.
The charm had sentimental value as it was a present from her husband Nigel Greenwood, who died suddenly in 2001, aged just 32 from a heart attack, because of their shared love of shooting and membership of a gundog club.
It is around an inch long and Sharp wears it everyday in memory of her late husband who she described at the time as her “best friend.”
Sharp was travelling with her current husband, Lee, who is also a sergeant in the Met Police, and their 12-year-old daughter, Faye, when airport security staff told her she would not be able to take the necklace on the plane.