Man Could Face Charges for Carrying iPhone Gun Case in London Airport

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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).


    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.

    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.

    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."

    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
  2. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  4. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    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 peole in danger by carrying a case???
  5. doctorwhofan98 macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2014
    England, UK
    I'm interested to see whether anyone will defend the use of this case or not - I can't imagine any scenario when using that case, and especially at an airport, is ok
  6. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2009
    Looked pretty good in those shorts tho...
  7. miknos Suspended


    Mar 14, 2008
    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.


    Bastard went full retard.
  8. webbuzz macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2010
  9. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    You have the right to remain cholesterol free!! Put down that .....hmmmmm ehmmmm cholesterol firing device!
  10. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    Some prime examples of possible recipients of a future Darwin Award.
  11. John Mcgregor Suspended

    John Mcgregor

    Aug 21, 2015
    In UK they don't carry guns.
  12. JosephAW macrumors 68000


    May 14, 2012
    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.
  13. cycledance Suspended

    Oct 15, 2010
    always. literally. etymology: "Idiots" were seen as having bad judgment in public and political matters. Over time, the term "idiot" shifted away from its original connotation of selfishness and came to refer to individuals with overall bad judgment–individuals who are "stupid".
  14. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    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!"


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

    Nobody will be intimidated since they'll realize you're an idiot the moment you remove your dryer to dry your hairs!"
  15. Matthew.H macrumors 6502


    Sep 16, 2015
    Norwich, UK
    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.;)
  16. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    50% of people own this case?
  17. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    That's the type of phone case you don't want to be seen with in Louisiana these days.
  18. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    I know what you're thinking, did I make five calls or six? - David Brent
  19. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    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......
  20. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    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.
  21. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    By causing a shooting with the police. Its beyond idioticity to take anything shaped like a gun or a bomb-west to a soft target place filled with nervous cops.
  22. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    This looks like an easy excuse for police to shoot you.
  23. Phil A., Jul 7, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016

    Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    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

    They do in airports - wander round any UK airport and you'll see plenty of armed officers both with sidearms and semi-automatic rifles
  24. 8692574 Suspended


    Mar 18, 2006
    Nope i said 50% with a hair dryer.....
  25. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    Well, that's a respectable level of stupid!

    Glassed Silver:mac

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