A South Yorkshire boy’s yellow and orange toy gun was confiscated by airport security staff before he jetted off on holiday with his family.
Four-year-old James Hayward was en route to Lanzarote in Spain when he was given a body search and his £6 toy was taken.
His bemused dad, Phil, of Sprotbrough, Doncaster, said the security staff at East Midlands Airport were ‘over-zealous’.
The software engineer said: “We got through check-in OK but the queue for security at East Midlands was probably the busiest I had ever seen it, with a queue of an hour just to go through the metal detectors.
“James went through security after his mum and he got a body pat-down.
“They opened his bag up and he had his toy gun in there so they confiscated it because they said it looked like an illegal weapon.
“Fair enough they are thorough but it just seemed a bit ludicrous to take a plastic gun away from a four-year-old.
“It’s a bit over-zealous to confiscate an orange and yellow toy gun from a four-year-old and give him a pat-down as well.”
East Midlands Airport staff offered to post the toy back to the family’s home after it was confiscated on March 29.
A spokesman apologised for the inconvenience and said: “The safety and security of our passengers is our first priority and all regulations on security are set by the government.
“This regulation states that no items may be permitted through security that resemble a prohibited item.”
Phil bought Orchard Infant School pupil James a replacement toy from eBay when they got back from their trip.