Chewbacca-TSA Spat: ‘Star Wars’ Actor Detained Over Lightsaber Cane

June 8, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The actor who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies said he was detained by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Denver Airport over his cane, which looks like a lightsaber, it was reported.

Peter Mayhew, who is 7-foot-2, tweeted out a photo of TSA officials holding the cane, according to Yahoo News. Mayhew, 69, said that officials would not let him through security.

He asked for people to retweet the photo.

“Giant man need giant cane … small cane snap like toothpick … besides … my light saber cane is just cool … I would miss it,” he tweeted.

Later, Mayhew said the TSA let him through after he sent out the tweets.

According to NBC News, Mayhew was returning to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from the Denver Comic Con earlier this week.

The station reported that he sat in a wheelchair, pleading with TSA agents, explaining he needed the cane to walk.

He was able to eventually get back to the Dallas airport.

“In Dallas. Thank you to @AmericanAir for checking on me. Problem was all @TSA. I’m a million-miler on American and they are a class act,” Mayhew tweeted. 

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