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A passenger was detained by police officers at London Stansted Airport yesterday after the man was spotted carrying an iPhone case shaped like a firearm (via BBC News).

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Essex Police shared a picture of the gun-shaped case over Twitter and implied that the individual could have put his own life in danger by carrying the case around an airport terminal.

You have a split second decision to make ... #WhatWouldYouDo #joblikenoother #AirportCops pic.twitter.com/qxiq7OxXjQ - Essex Police STN (@EssexPoliceSTN) July 6, 2016

A second tweet added: "Bringing this to an airport makes it much less likely you'll catch your plane. #dontbedaft."

Police suggested the man could potentially be charged with a public order offense or for carrying an imitation firearm in public.

Gun-shaped iPhone cases appeared online in 2014 and have since come in for criticism from law enforcement on several occasions.

Cell phone case shaped like a gun = terrible idea #rcmpmb #tossthecase pic.twitter.com/ukCwn5GUXJ - RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 12, 2015

In August of last year, Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded with rifles and tasers to confront a man carrying one of the cases tucked into the waistband of his shorts.

After being approached by armed police, the man, who was at the beach with his family, handed over the offending case and avoided charges.

"Unfortunately some people do not realize the risks associated with openly carrying or displaying these replicas in a public space," said an RCMP sergeant when asked about the incident. "Anyone who owns this type or similar devices should safely dispose of them immediately."

I would NOT suggest purchasing this cell phone case, which was designed to look like a firearm. #BeSmart #BeSafe pic.twitter.com/swsWzD1sdY - NYPD 112th Precinct (@NYPD112Pct) June 30, 2015

In June 2015, the New York Police Department went public with similar warnings after learning about the availability of the cases, which have since been removed from Amazon and most major online phone case shops.

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Article Link: Man Could Face Charges for Carrying iPhone Gun Case in London Airport
 
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It is silly that they produce such thing..... but to risk because of a toy? I mean they check this kind of stuff and then the real deal does not get detected.....

Essex Police shared a picture of the gun-shaped case over Twitter and implied that the individual could have put his own life in danger by carrying the case around an airport terminal.
How could you put peole in danger by carrying a case???
 
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You have to be a moron to use those.

Police or criminals might shoot you thinking you're a threat.

Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your phone to answer a call or post a selfie to social media.

Bulky.

Bastard went full retard.
 

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You have to be a moron to use those.

Police or criminals might shoot you thinking you're a threat.

Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your phone to answer a call or post a selfie to social media.

Bulky.

Bastard went full retard.

In UK they don't carry guns.
 
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JosephAW

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Sooo it's not okay to have a phone case that's shaped like a gun but it's okay to have a gun shaped like a phone?
What if I eat my kid nibbles his pop tart into a gun? Would they arrest him?
Insane. It's not the gun that is evil folks. Very rarely does a gun go off by itself and kill anyone. It's 99.999% the other way around.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/03/21/news/gun-smartphone-ideal-conceal-carry/
 

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Next 50% of people traveling will be arrested because their hair dryer looks like a gun..... and the other 50% will be like :

"It's dumb to bring hair dryer when traveling, you must be a moron to do that!"

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"Police or criminals might shoot you thinking you're a threat .....to wet hair!

Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your dryer to dry your hairs!"
 

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It is silly that they produce such thing..... but to risk because of a toy? I mean they check this kind of stuff and then the real deal does not get detected.....


How could you put people in danger by carrying a case???
People may think it's a real gun plus airport security potentially could have opened fire at him which would increase the risk of innocent bystanders getting hit.;)
 

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Next 50% of people traveling will be arrested because their hair dryer looks like a gun..... and the other 50% will be like :

"It's dumb to bring hair dryer when traveling, you must be a moron to do that!"

and

"Police or criminals might shoot you thinking you're a threat .....to wet hair!

Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your dryer to dry your hairs!"
50% of people own this case?
 
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That's the type of phone case you don't want to be seen with in Louisiana these days.

especially if you keep it in your pocket and don't tell them about it as they taze you twice and then you continue to struggle with them once you're on the ground. definitely don't move your hand towards it as they yell that you have gun. I mean to do that and not expect bad things to happen......
 

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How could you put people in danger by carrying a case???
Next 50% of people traveling will be arrested because their hair dryer looks like a gun..... and the other 50% will be like :

"It's dumb to bring hair dryer when traveling, you must be a moron to do that!"

and

"Police or criminals might shoot you thinking you're a threat .....to wet hair!

Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your dryer to dry your hairs!"

Are you a gun owner? either way the comments are coming over as dumb.

In this instance the 'case' looks like a concealed weapon - walking into an Airport with a concealed weapon you have to concede is dumb and has the potential with heightened extremist alerts to be an issue.

A hair dryer isn't a gun or gun shaped, however hide it under your coat and draw it out in front of an armed police officer might get you shot.
 

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How could you put peole in danger by carrying a case???

They implied he could put himself in danger, I.e. He could be shot by law enforcement if they thought he was carrying a gun


In UK they don't carry guns.
They do in airports - wander round any UK airport and you'll see plenty of armed officers both with sidearms and semi-automatic rifles
 
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