Via Boing Boing: Man forced to change out of T-Shirt with picture of gun-toting Transformer before boarding flight at Heathrow. I know airport screeners may not be the brightest bulbs in the knife drawer, but can they really not tell the difference between a gun and an image of a gun? Does the giant robot warrior not provide a clue that this might not be real?
Update: Here's a BBC online article. Money quote: "If [the shirt] is offensive, we don't want other passengers upset." Can we please, for the love of everything good and decent in the world, stop hiding behind offensiveness? It's the lamest excuse since "the dog ate my homework." It's a big, steaming pile of last-quarter-of-the-20th-century lamitude. "I'm offended" is lamer than FDR's legs. (Too soon?)
While we're at it, here's another Boing Boing post from last week on an airport screener confiscation of an inch long, solid metal necklace charm shaped like a revolver. Says Cory Doctorow: "What are you doing about other conceivable — but technically impossible — threats, like telekinesis, voodoo, and directed sunspot radiation?" Inquiring minds want to know.