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SUMware
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Airport Security Identifies Clown As Potential Terrorist


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Airport security staff strip-searched a clown on his way onto a plane - because they thought he could've been a terrorist.

Children's entertainer Dave Vaughan - aka PC Konk the clown - was frisked by security guards at Birmingham International Airport after setting off a security alarm, and was ordered by cops to strip down from his clown costume to shorts and tee-shirt.

Stunned PC Konk - who was wearing bright blue clown trousers, massive shoes and a flashing police helmet - was trying to board a flight for disadvantaged youngsters.

He had been booked by Variety Club Midlands to perform for children on the Search for Santa trip, which involves a one-hour round flight.

PC Konk was even made to hand over his plastic handcuffs, as they were deemed a 'risk'.

Mr Vaughan, 60, from Shard End, Birmingham, who has been a children's entertainer for 25 years, said: 'I just couldn't believe it when they told me to get undressed so they could search me and my belongings.

'I showed them my police clown identity card, which had my picture next to the my credentials as a member of the Criminal Insane Department, but I don't think that really helped!

'My plastic scissors and camera got through fine, as did my funny glasses and bubble machine, but then they discovered my plastic toy handcuffs. I told them I had bought them from the Early Learning Centre especially for the trip but they still said they were a risk.

'I suppose they have to be really safety-conscious nowadays, but I've never had this problem before when I've been to international clown conventions abroad.'

David Dunckly, spokesman for Variety Club Midlands, said: 'It's ridiculous that they needed to strip-search PC Konk right down to his shorts.

'He told us that he normally uses pink fluffy handcuffs, but they have a little bit of metal in, so he thought plastic ones would be safer.

Security guards spent 10 minutes examining PC Konk's outfit, including his clown shoes and bubbles. They eventually released Mr Vaughan when they discovered his costume featured a metal band which held up his pantaloons - the reason he set off the alarm.


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Thanks for the post. I and my family will sleep so much better tonight knowing the air corridors of America are secure against the attacks of terrorist clowns. Regarding the clowns at airport security check-ins, that remains another worry for another day...
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They made me strip once. I mean who cares I didnt complain and what makes him think he is immune because he is a clown???

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said by Blackbird:

Thanks for the post. I and my family will sleep so much better tonight knowing the air corridors of America are secure against the attacks of terrorist clowns.
I'm always happy to provide a public service.
said by Blackbird:

Regarding the clowns at airport security check-ins, that remains another worry for another day...
On what side of the security counter are the real clowns? A timeless question.

Oh, no. Another sad day for clowns...
Ex-Ringling clown and blogger Pat Cashin writes about how the TSA personnel at O'Hare confiscated his clown makeup [06-15-2007]. He takes it along in his carry-on (and has for 5 years without a problem) because basically if your makeup and costume gets lost by the airline, you're screwed.

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Wait - so he got held up for 10 mins while they tried to locate the metal that had triggered the metal detectors?

I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.

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ATTN TSA - Example of potential bad clown.
Recommend confiscate gloves.

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said by dave:

I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.
Well, ya'd think that after going through all that, they'd want to check out the hidden wires, battery pack and flashing light in his helmet. And possibly not allow such an electrical device on board the plane. But evidently that item caused no problems. Who knows what else could be stored in a big hat? If he'd been wearing a 'squirting flower' he probably would've been banned from flying. And, did they make him remove his nose? Or even blow it to prove that it functioned properly?


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said by SUMware:

...Oh, no. Another sad day for clowns...Ex-Ringling clown and blogger Pat Cashin writes about how the TSA personnel at O'Hare confiscated his clown makeup [06-15-2007]. He takes it along in his carry-on (and has for 5 years without a problem) because basically if your makeup and costume gets lost by the airline, you're screwed.
What?! Yet another clown shakedown at check-in? Sounds like there's some serious "profiling" going on here... Hmm. I wonder what intel led to all this... or what lack of 'intel'...?
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said by dave:

... I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.
Uhmm... actually, this is more like security circus.
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I was going to say this was another case of airport security theater, but Blackbird See Profile nailed it. Calling it "circus" is indeed more fitting here. And it is more like a sideshow than the main event.
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said by Blackbird:

said by dave:

... I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.
Uhmm... actually, this is more like security circus.
The circus has enough problems with Clown Groupies that they'd never hire one for security.
It can't be easy being a Clown Groupie.


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said by Snowy:

said by Blackbird:

said by dave:

... I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.
Uhmm... actually, this is more like security circus.
The circus has enough problems with Clown Groupies that they'd never hire one for security.
It can't be easy being a Clown Groupie.
In a statement release in Rome just before Christmas 2008, Security Guards announce " PC Konk never worked for us..there is no Santa Claus..metal is only worn pinned to the vest..shorts are optional." Their Security records indicated PC was recently a member of a heavy metal band and had also been identified as once being a member of the radical lawrence welk group and if he shows in Rome they will defrag his PC and scan it for the Bubble Trojan"
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Staff also demanded he put the liquid for his plastic bubble-blowing saxophone into a clear sealed plastic bag.

"I'd made sure I'd bought plastic handcuffs and a plastic whistle but I hadn't realised that the costume had a metal band – I thought it was plastic," said Mr Vaughan, from Shard End, Birmingham.

"They took me to the customs office, I took off the costume and they put it through the X-ray machine.

"That was fine and I put it back on. Then they confiscated my handcuffs, which were plastic."

He was trying to board a flight for disadvantaged youngsters. He had been booked by Variety Club Midlands to perform for children on the Search for Santa trip, which involves a one-hour round flight.

Mr Vaughan was finally allowed to board the Thomas Cook-sponsored plane, which took off from Birmingham and returned an hour later after the incident last Tuesday.

"Don't get me wrong, they were only doing their job. The funny part about it was that we were not going anywhere," he said.

"But at the end of the day, the children got great pleasure out of it. It was to make the children have a nice day and have a laugh, which we did."

A spokesman for Birmingham airport said: "PC Konk certainly did a great job of keeping everyone at the airport entertained.

"PC Konk then passed speedily through before getting on with the important job of putting smiles on the faces of the Variety Club children, who all enjoyed a day to remember here at the airport."
»www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/2···rmingham
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Those men are Swiss Guards.

Swiss Guards is the name given to the Swiss soldiers who have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. They are now represented in some sense by the Papal Swiss Guard.

The Papal Swiss Guard in the Vatican was founded in 1506 and is the only Swiss Guard that still exists.


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said by SUMware:

Those men are Swiss Guards.

Swiss Guards is the name given to the Swiss soldiers who have served as bodyguards, ceremonial guards, and palace guards at foreign European courts since the late 15th century. They are now represented in some sense by the Papal Swiss Guard.

The Papal Swiss Guard in the Vatican was founded in 1506 and is the only Swiss Guard that still exists.

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said by dave:

Wait - so he got held up for 10 mins while they tried to locate the metal that had triggered the metal detectors?

I'm all in favour of articles that point out cases of security theatre, but I'm not sure this is one.
There are cases that are peppered with Terrorists trying to introduce a foreign substance into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual.

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remember It?

i don't blame them

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They made me strip once. I mean who cares I didnt complain
Yeah... But at the ticket counter?...
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that was a bit, overkill. he didn't set off the metal detector, did he?

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said by ryanlin2002:

that was a bit, overkill. he didn't set off the metal detector, did he?
said by SUMware :
...was frisked by security guards at Birmingham International Airport after setting off a security alarm...

They eventually released Mr Vaughan when they discovered his costume featured a metal band which held up his pantaloons - the reason he set off the alarm.


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Clowns ARE dangerous.

TSA FTW.


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Either you're with clowns or you're against them.

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said by Blackbird:

Thanks for the post. I and my family will sleep so much better tonight knowing the air corridors of America are secure against the attacks of terrorist clowns. Regarding the clowns at airport security check-ins, that remains another worry for another day...
You do realize this took place in the UK, while trying to board a UK flagged carrier, right ??
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Too bad they don't subject the TSA clowns managing airport security to the same treatment.

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Either you're with clowns or you're against them.
That's a fairly easy choice.


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said by Blackbird:

Thanks for the post. I and my family will sleep so much better tonight knowing the air corridors of America...
Didn't happen in Birmingham, Alabama; rather it happened in the original Birmingham, in the U.K. Midlands.
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Too bad they don't subject the TSA clowns managing airport security to the same treatment.
hah ftw

I must admit clowns can be a terrorist if you suffer from coulrophobia.
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What everyone does not realize in this day and age, is that you have to take these precautions to protect people. The Police & Screeners do not care who this person was, nor considered him safe just because he was a clown.

There is nothing to state that this person could have had the intent to cause damage, or injury, along with the fact could have had weapons.

Sorry, but Security is not a laughing matter, especially when it comes to protecting people.

The only one laughing is Mr. Wilkinson who thought that he could get away with not being given the extra screening.
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said by FunnyBones:

I must admit clowns can be a terrorist if you suffer from coulrophobia.
Coulrophobia is an extreme fear of clowns.
Sufferers sometimes acquire a fear of clowns after having a bad experience with one:


said by fatness:

Either you're with clowns or you're against them.