Chewbacca recently got his cane back thanks to Twitter.
The actor known for his role as the Wookiee from Star Wars had his cane confiscated by airport security on his way back from a Sci-Fi convention. Seven-plus-foot-tall Peter Mayhew had his lightsaber cane seized when TSA thought it was an actual weapon, but thanks to some pictures posted to Twitter, they let the Wookiee win.
TSA agents had been looking the cane over when Peter Mayhew, who really needed the cane to walk, sat nearby looking none too pleased when he used the Force and had someone snap a picture of the situation.
He vented his frustration on the social media micro-blogging site with the first picture, “Won’t allow me through the airport with me cane! Giant man need giant cane. Small cane snap like toothpick. Besides, my lightsaber is just cool. I’d miss it.”
Can we get a Wookiee roar? Yup, he was more than disappointed with TSA’s initial decision.
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew then added another picture from the back, with airport security still discussing the cane. The tweet added, “@AmericanAir won’t allow me through the airport with me cane! Can I get a retweet?”
Apparently, the utter humiliation from the outrage of thousands of Twitter‘s Chewbacca fans made the airport TSA give him back the cane to save face as he proceeded home to Boyd, Texas. Peter Mayhew tweeted his thanks to the fans after the fact, “Magic words to TSA are not ‘please’ or ‘thank you’.. It’s ‘Twitter‘.. cane released to go home.”
Magic words to TSA are not “please” or “thank you”.. It’s “Twitter”.. cane released to go home.. twitter.com/TheWookieeRoar…
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) June 3, 2013
Twitter‘s Star Wars fans worldwide saw that once again, Han Solo’s furry sidekick still has the Wookiee rage. Never mess with Chewbacca, as See Threepio learned in the films. The TSA was lucky he didn’t rip their arms off. We kid, but that was a pretty impressive conclusion to Chewbacca’s latest adventure.
Astronomer Ray Sanders said: “TSA just learned Star Wars lesson #1: Let the [Wookiee] win.”
What do you think of Twitter helping Chewbacca get his cane back?