TSA confiscates 5 year olds toys.https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/5-year-old-crushed-when-airport-security-throws-203900330.html
Is the TSA out of control? Wait until you see the toy that was confiscated.
Who has a "non-traveling companion" in the TSA sterile area? You have to show your ticket to get into the part of the airport where you line up to go through security...you won't HAVE a "non-traveling companion" with you at that point.
What they need is a frigging POST OFFICE inside the "sterile area" so people can mail their stuff to themselves. That way, the very same items will travel in the bellies of OTHER planes full of people, and that will make us all VERY SAFE indeed.
for the irony-impaired.
this kid a replacement and send it to him. (Bonus points if they convince the local fire department to deliver it in a ladder-truck! )
Because unless there's some specific prohibition against brightly-colored plastic toys that look nothing like guns, they screwed up...