Airport bans toy soldier's three-inch rifle from plane… because it's a safety threat

The article linked below from Daily Mail Online is just a snapshot of what can happen in airports around the world. It’s hard to believe a small toy can pose a threat to aviation safety but the story is interesting because brings airport security under spotlight: on one side, we have large airports where people can reach the tarmac exploiting a series of security breaches (as showed by an Italian journalist at Milan Malpensa in December); on the other one, there are large airports where security checks are a little excessive and a three-inch long resin firearm, embraced by a figure, is considered a potential threat to a flight. Perhaps it is time to find the right balance between permissiveness and paranoia?

Read the full story of the “soldier’s rifle” here:

About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.