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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