TSA confiscates perfume bottle shaped like grenade

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Something just smells fishy to Tempe record promoter Lois Lewis about how her expensive perfume was confiscated at Sky Harbor Airport last Saturday.

As a promoter for country acts like The Band Perry and Florida Georgia Line she travels all the time and said she has taken her 2 ounce bottle of Jimmy Choo perfume on about 300 flights and never had a problem.

She puts the $83 bottle in a separate plastic bag and has been questioned about it 3 times in the past.

This time she says Transportation Security Administration agents shut down lane 6 at the Southwest Terminal for nearly an hour as they called in a bomb expert to deal with the offending bottle they said looked like a grenade.

"I'm not a casual traveler. I was trying to show them look I'm PreCheck. My risk has been assessed you know. I carry this with me always," said Lewis. "They said if as a passenger you were to get on an airplane and you were to wave this around that people could maybe construe that as you making some sort of a threat."

The expert then took her information, a copy of her identification and the bottle.

"I went from humorous to alright let's be real. It's perfume," said Lewis.

When she got to Denver, where she was promoting the Eli Young Band, she bought a new bottle.

She put it in her checked bag on the way back and when she got home to Tempe she realized her checked bag had been searched and the perfume was out of its plastic bag.

As a frequent flier she says she appreciates all the TSA does to keep her safe but that there is no way her signature scent looks like a grenade.

TSA stands by its decision saying it has a policy that no toy weapons or items that replicate weapons are allowed through security because they can be perceived as a threat.

They suggest the Jimmy Choo perfume be placed in check luggage so there are no problems.

"I know the TSA is there to protect us. I know that. I am a traveler. I travel a lot, many many flights a year. I have a husband. I want to come home. I want to be safe. But I want to be logical," said Lewis.

Jimmy Choo corporate has yet to respond to whether this has been an issue in the past.