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.
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.
Magic words to TSA are not "please" or "thank you".. It's "Twitter".. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar…-- Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
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) June 3, 2013