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Only in America: Drop the gun, sock monkey!

The TSA confiscates a tiny toy gun from a sock monkey — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A TSA agent confiscated a tiny toy gun belonging to an air traveler's sock monkey. Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., who makes custom sock monkey dolls, brought the doll and its props in her carry-on bag, but a security agent seized the 2-inch toy pistol as a security threat. The monkey "has been disarmed, so I'm sure everyone on the plane was safe," May said. "At some point doesn't common sense prevail?"