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The TSA Tried To Take Away Chewbacca's Cane

Let the wookie win.

Posted on June 10, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. ET

This is Peter Mayhew. He played Chewbacca in all three original Star Wars movies.

Mayhew was chosen for the role in part because he is 7 feet tall.

Mayhew is a fan favorite at comic conventions and travels often.

Walking long distances is difficult for Mayhew and he uses a cane or a wheelchair to get around most places.

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The kickass part is, Mayhew's cane is a lightsaber!

It is blue, 4 feet tall, and amazing.

Now, all this traveling is difficult enough for Mayhew as it is...

But flying from Denver to Dallas on June 3 Mayhew was stopped by the TSA and asked to surrender his iconic cane.

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Mayhew took to twitter to fight for his cane.

Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick.... besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it..

Peter Mayhew

@TheWookieeRoars

Giant man need giant cane.. small cane snap like toothpick.... besides.. my light saber cane is just cool.. I would miss it..

And he posted pics of TSA agents mulling whether to allow it on the plane. "Won't allow me through the airport with me cane! Can I get a retweet?"

Twitter responded widely in Mayhew's favor.

LET THE WOOKIEE ON THE PLANE! Chewbacca Actor's Lightsaber Cane Causes TSA Trouble http://t.co/ZHlT9P9sDX #StarWars cc: @TheWookieeRoars

Bonnie Burton

@bonniegrrl

LET THE WOOKIEE ON THE PLANE! Chewbacca Actor's Lightsaber Cane Causes TSA Trouble http://t.co/ZHlT9P9sDX #StarWars cc: @TheWookieeRoars

Peter Mayhew @TheWookieeRoars was stopped by TSA cause he had a lightsaber. I guess it is a weapon after all, which means Star Wars is real

Mila Shah

@milapajamas

Peter Mayhew @TheWookieeRoars was stopped by TSA cause he had a lightsaber. I guess it is a weapon after all, which means Star Wars is real

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TSA eventually released the cane and this statement: "Because of the unusual weight of the passenger's cane, a security officer alerted a supervisor."

But Mayhew thinks it was the outrage on Twitter that got him his Jedi weapon back.

Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home..

Peter Mayhew

@TheWookieeRoars

Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home..

And Mayhew classily thanked American Airlines and continued to troll TSA:

In Dallas. Thank you to @AmericanAir for checking on me. Problem was all @TSA. I'm a million-miler on American and they are a class act.

Peter Mayhew

@TheWookieeRoars

In Dallas. Thank you to @AmericanAir for checking on me. Problem was all @TSA. I'm a million-miler on American and they are a class act.

And TSA learned a valuable lesson.

@TheWookieeRoars @TSA Just learned Star Wars lesson #1: "Let the Wookie Win".

Ray Sanders

@DearAstronomer

@TheWookieeRoars @TSA Just learned Star Wars lesson #1: "Let the Wookie Win".

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So TSA, leave Chewbacca alone!

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