Florida teen Vanessa Gibbs, 17, missed her flight home, causing her mother to worry, because her fashion sense prevented her from boarding a flight from Virginia to Florida.
Gibbs said she was detained by Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, officials at Norfolk International Airport because of the design of a gun on her handbag.
It's my style, it's camouflage, it has an old western gun on it, Vanessa Gibbs told News4Jax.com.
The teen told the station that she had no problems making her way through security at Jacksonville International Airport. She added that the official in Virginia told her that the design was a federal offense.
She was like, 'This is a federal offense because it's in the shape of a gun,' Vanessa Gibbs told the station. I'm like, 'But it's a design on a purse. How is it a federal offense?'
By the time TSA agents made their inspection and figured out that the gun was a fake, the teen said she was given the options of either turning over her bag or checking it in. Vanessa Gibbs ended up missing her flight and was sent to Orlando instead.
Tami Gibbs, who was waiting for her daughter to arrive at Jacksonville International Airport, said she was worried.
Oh, it's terrifying. I was so upset, Tami Gibbs told the news station. I was on the phone all the way to Orlando trying to figure out what was going on with her. It was terrifying.
A TSA official at Jacksonville International Airport told the station that it isn't uncommon for passengers to wear something that could be considered a gun replica. However, they did encourage people to check the list of prohibited items online.