TSA Plunders Boy's Disney Toys

Pirates of the Caribbean "weapons" taken at Ft. Lauderdale airport

By Sharon Lawson and Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009  |  Updated 2:03 PM EDT
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The TSA took away a boy's Disney bounty, saying weapons, even toy ones, don't fly.

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An eight-year-old boy who lost his dad to cancer traveled to Disney World to get his mind off the tragedy, but his family says he suffered yet another blow after his Disney toys were taken by TSA workers in Ft. Lauderdale.

The family of Jeremiah Ramirez brought the youngster from North Carolina to Disney to raise his spirits, a dream vacation after such a terrible loss.

"It was devastating," said Jeremiah's cousin, Joe Chao, who lives in South Florida. "I just wanted to bring some sunshine into my cousin's life."

While at Disney, little Jeremiah picked up a Pirates of the Caribbean toy gun and sword, and was hoping to bring them back to North Carolina.

But his mom says that when she and Jeremiah tried to go through security at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport earlier this week, the toys were taken away.  

"It's very upsetting because at one point I had told one of the employees, 'You know this is not a real weapon,' and he said 'Yes, I understand that, it doesn't matter,'" said mom Maria Edge.

Edge said she became even angrier when she claims that not long after the TSA officers had confiscated the items, she saw the officers playing with the toy sword and gun.

All weapons, even toys, are prohibited from any aircraft, according to the TSA. They said all their rules are spelled out on their website, though Jeremiah's family isn't buying it.
 
"TSA has a responsibility to keep us safe and I fully understand that, and I know Maria fully understands that as well," said cousin Michelle Chao. "But there's a point at which it becomes an abuse, when you take toys, clearly a toy from a child, that's an abuse of power."

The story does have a happy ending. Disney officials sent Jeremiah replacement toys after they heard about the incident.

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