Published June 09, 2013
Who needs the Jedi mind trick when you have Twitter?
Peter Mayhew, the actor who famously portrayed Han Solo’s erstwhile companion, Chewbacca, in “Star Wars,” was returning to his Texas home this month from the Denver Comic Con convention.
And like any traveler -- or smuggler, for that matter -- he’d hoped to avoid “Imperial entanglements” while clearing Denver Airport security on the way to his scheduled American Airlines flight.
No such luck, as a storm-trooper-like cadre of TSA staff apparently weren’t about to tell him to, “Move along.”
You could almost cue the Imperial March as the agents -- no, they weren’t looking for droids -- hassled the 7 foot, 2 inch tall Mayhew concerning his -- of all things -- cane.
But it wasn’t just any cane, it was a cane fashioned in the motif of, “an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” Indeed, the walking implement was shaped and colored like a light saber.
It looked as if Mayhew, 69, might miss his flight, until he took to Twitter, posting on his well-followed account, “@TheWookieeRoars.”
“In the caffufel of the cane,” he Tweeted, before adding, “Giant man need giant cane… small cane snap like toothpick.... besides ... my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it.”
In the end, the TSA agents decided the imbroglio wasn’t worth the trouble, and gave Chewie, ahem, Mayhew, back his cane.
“Magic words to TSA are not ‘please’ or ‘thank you’... It's ‘Twitter’. . .cane released to go home . . .,” he soon wrote.
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar…— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
But Mayhew wasn’t apparently the only “Star Wars” fan to herald the small victory, as one follower of his feed humorously Tweeted in reply, paraphrasing Han Solo's famous quote, “Just learned Star Wars lesson #1: "Let the Wookiee Win.”