Could airplane passengers feel threatened if someone on the flight was waving around a bottle of Jimmy Choo fragrance? The TSA thought so, and confiscated the two ounce bottle from a Tempe, Ariz., woman at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Lois Lewis is a frequent traveler in her job as a regional record promoter for country record label Republic Nashville, home to such artists as the Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope. She always travels with the pricey perfume in her carry-on luggage, calling it her “signature scent.” But on a recent trip she was detained and the bottle taken from her because TSA agents said it resembled a hand grenade.
According to the Daily Mail
, “The airport closed down Lewis’s security queue at the Southwest Terminal for an hour as they investigated the 60 ml bottle” and “a bomb expert was called in to access whether the bottle was authentic” while other passengers making their way through security in other lanes stared at Lewis.
Lewis says she’s previously taken the bottle on hundreds of flights, and while she’s been questioned about it three times in the past, it had never previously posed a real problem.
She says she was told by TSA agents that if she were to wave the bottle around on a flight, some passengers might construe it as a threat.
Upon arrival at her Denver destination, Lewis purchased a new bottle of the perfume, which she packed in her checked bag for the return flight. And while that bottle was not confiscated, her luggage was searched, something she says had never happened before, and the perfume had been removed from its bag.
“A spokesman for TSA said it stands by its decision saying it has a policy that no toy weapons or items that replicate weapons will not be allowed through security because they can be perceived as a threat,” according to the Daily Mail.
After this story went viral, on Friday (March 21) Lewis got an e-mail from a publicist for the PR firm representing Jimmy Choo who called the incident “unbelievable” and requested her mailing address so the company could “ensure your stock is replenished.”