Extra security at the airport in New Orleans has cost one small boy a Christmas gift from his grandma.
On a post-Christmas flight out of New Orleans last week, the TSA confiscated young Josh Pitney’s Play-Doh.
"You know all you have to worry about is it getting in the carpet – a small problem to have as opposed to a child who is entertained for half an hour," said the child’s mother Christy Pitney.
"I had the kids and my husband was there with all our bags, she continued. “Josh and I were sitting, getting our shoes on and, my husband kind of motioned to us and said - they took our Play -Doh."
Pitney continued, "And the man from TSA was taking every can out at a time and putting it on a table, and Josh saw and he started fussing. I tried to explain that those were the rules, but it turns out it’s not prohibited on the TSA’s website - so apparently those are not the rules."
Christy was right. Play-Doh is not a prohibited item and it is allowed on board.
However, because plastic explosives can be camouflaged to look like Play-Doh, a TSA spokeswoman says screeners are told to use their own discretion.
In this case, the screeners discretion meant Josh lost one of his favorite Christmas gifts from grandma.
"And it’s just really hard to go through security in general with children, much less the child whose favorite toy has been taken away."
"I'm happy to obey the rules,” Pitney said “I just wish the rules were more in stone, if they involved kids especially.”