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article imageAirport agents detain pregnant teen for gun design on her purse

By JohnThomas Didymus     Dec 3, 2011 in World
Norfolk - A pregnant 17-year-old, Vanessa Gibbs, was detained by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at Norfolk International Airport, Virginia, because of a gun design on her purse. Gibbs was on a flight from Virginia to Florida when she was stopped.
The TSA, according to, said that the hollow gun design, a few inches in size, was a "replica weapon." TSA banned passengers from carrying "replica weapons" in 2002.
Gibbs, who was returning to Florida after a trip to Virginia, told that she had no trouble with airport authorities at Jacksonville, but on her way back home, TSA officials at Norfolk International Airport stopped her. Gibbs said:
"I carried this from Jacksonville to Norfolk, and I've carried it from Norfolk to Jacksonville. Never once has anyone said anything about it until now."
She showed the gun design on her purse to the, saying:
"It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it. She (the airport official) was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun. I'm like, 'But it's a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?'"
The TSA officials detained her so long that she missed her flight back to Florida. She was sent to Orlando instead, while her mother,Tami Gibbs, awaited her anxiously at Jacksonville airport. The teen's mother said:
"Oh, it's terrifying. I was so upset. I was on the phone all the way to Orlando trying to figure out what was going on with her. It was terrifying."
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