Chewbacca actor, TSA dispute: Peter Mayhew's light saber cane prohibited past airport security.

Chewbacca Actor Uses the Force of Twitter to Battle the TSA

Chewbacca Actor Uses the Force of Twitter to Battle the TSA

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June 10 2013 12:59 PM

Chewbacca Actor Uses the Force of Twitter to Battle the TSA   

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Peter Mayhew, with his light saber cane

Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images

Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-3-inch actor who played the iconic Wookiee Chewbacca, didn’t have the best traveling experience last week. While traveling from Denver back to his homestate of Texas, Mayhew’s cane—shaped, appropriately, like a light saber—was denied entry onboard his flight by Transportation Security Administration agents.

While attempting to explain that he needed the cane for assistance, Mayhew waited in a wheelchair. The agents apparently weren’t going to allow the cane on board because it was “too long,” a point that the extremely tall actor took issue with.

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But—possibly thanks to the powerful coercive force of Twitter, though the TSA denies it was a factor—American Airlines took notice and made everything right again with one of their frequent flyers. Mayhew was allowed to board his flight, light saber in hand.