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Denver airport security learn to let the Wookiee win! When they tried to take Peter Mayhew’s Lightsaber cane.

June 9th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr 1 Comment



It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee, as airport staff in Denver found out, they soon realized you should let the Wookiee win.

Star Wars Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew had a situation with TSA agents in Denver when they attempted to confiscate his lightsaber shaped cane.

Mayhew was returning to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from an appearance at Denver Comic Con early this week when TSA agents refused to let Chewie board his plane with his custom cane.

The 7-foot, 2-inch tall actor sat in a wheelchair at the airport as he pleaded with the agents and explained that he needed the cane to walk

Concerned that he would miss the flight Mayhew pleaded with his followers: ‘@AmericanAir won’t allow me through the airport with me cane! Can I get a retweet? After the actor posted pics of the incident on his official Twitter account @thewookieroars that the agents relented and let him return to north Texas with his light saber cane.

He was quick to point out on @thewookieroars however, that it was airport security and not the airline which was causing the problem.

American Airlines was quick to respond and check if it could help Mayhew.

Mayhew later tweeted: ‘Magic words to TSA are not “please” or “thank you”… It’s “Twitter”.. cane released to go home.’

This prompted one of his followers to tweet: ‘That and they didn’t want their arms ripped off by a wookiee’.

The Force is strong with Twitter!


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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool