Optimus Prime T-Shirt Transforms into Arrest Threat at Airport

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We love Transformers here at Giz, but it looks like the UK's already slightly-crazed authorities don't. A guy called Brad Jayakody was recently barred from boarding a flight at Heathrow Airport's new Terminal 5 because his T-shirt had a picture of Optimus Prime brandishing a gun.


Yup, you got it: a cartoon robot with a stylized cartoon laser gun pissed off an airport guard so much that Jake had to swap it before flying. He even asked to speak to a security supervisor, who supported the guard and warned Brad not to put the shirt back on or he could be arrested.

A spokesman for the British Airports Authority said "If a T-shirt had a rude word or a bomb on it for example, a passenger may be asked to remove it," and that sounds pretty fair. But this was a cartoon giant gun-toting robot... on a T-shirt, not a detailed photo recreation of a Glock that might be mistaken for the real deal at a quick glance.

Looks like Britain's safe from cartoon robot gun attacks, at least. [The Sun]


First, you are getting this story from The Sun. As any Limey will tell you, that is similar to quoting a story from the National Enquirer.

If this story is completely true, as written, it would be shocking for two reasons:

1. What the hell were those security folks thinking?

2. When did The Sun start publishing factual articles?