- The Washington Times - Monday, August 17, 2015

A 3-year-old boy was reportedly forced to surrender his “Despicable Me Fart Blaster” toy over to Dublin Airport security before he could continue on to his flight to England after the toy was deemed a security risk.

Daire Fitzpatrick, 25, was traveling home Saturday after a visit with her family in Dublin when security officials ask her to empty her son Leo’s backpack, The Telegraph reported.

Security officials determined that the boy’s plastic megaphone toy, which makes loud fart noises when the trigger is pulled, was not allowed under rules governing replica weapons.

“He was devastated,” Ms. Fitzpatrick told The Telegraph. “He is very well-behaved and very polite, and he said ‘of course’ and left it, but he is very upset and doesn’t understand why he’s sharing his toy with the man. It was such a shame.

“If you look at it, it’s just ridiculous it could be considered a weapon. I mean, would you shake with fear if I pointed a Minions fart blaster at you?” she asked.

A Dublin Airport spokeswoman said the family surrendered the item after it was spotted at security because replica guns are prohibited.

“We do not seize or confiscate items that are prohibited through the passenger security screening area. If passengers are carrying prohibited items they must be surrendered in order to continue on their journey,” the spokeswoman said. “While we apologized to the family for the inconvenience caused we did say that we would hold onto the Minion toy so the family can collect on return from their holiday.”

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