Sad but true airport lunacy Soldier toy disarmed at airport GI Joe's gun "had to be taken from him" A doll caused a security alert at an American airport because its two-inch plastic gun was considered a dangerous weapon. Judy Powell, 55, from Walton on the Hill, Surrey, bought the GI Joe toy in Las Vegas and packed it in her hand luggage. But security staff at Los Angeles International Airport refused to let Mrs Powell on board the plane with the replica rifle. Mrs Powell had to put the gift - minus the rifle - in her suitcase so it could go in the aircraft's hold. If GI Joe was carrying a replica then it had to be taken from him Los Angeles International Airport Mrs Powell said: "I was simply stunned when I realised they were serious. "Security examined the toy as if it was going to shoot them and looked at the rifle. "I was really angry to start with because of the absurdity of the situation. "But then I saw the funny side of it and thought this was simple lunacy." A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said: "We have instructions to confiscate anything that looks like a weapon or a replica. "If GI Joe was carrying a replica then it had to be taken from him."