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Freddy Krueger Just Met His Match: the TSA

TFW you can’t bring your glove on an airplane.
TFW you can’t bring your glove on an airplane.
Photo: New Line Cinema

Freddy Krueger usually travels through people’s dreams. But when he does try to fly commercial, he’s got a big problem—weapons are not allowed on board.


Yesterday, the TSA posted a photo of a replica (well, we hope it’s a replica) Freddy Krueger glove that someone tried to get through airport security in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo is terrifying but the caption is priceless.


As noted, the TSA caught the culprit and confiscated the glove which would have be allowed in checked baggage, just not a carry-on.

We’ve gotta say, nice job by the TSA for making sure someone couldn’t get that instrument of death on a flight—and kudos to their social media team for having some fun with one of the most important, but unenviable, jobs out there.


Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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It was the early 1990s. I was scheduled to interview Robert Englund hours before his guest appearance at a horror movie festival in Milano, Italy, and he was rather desperate because customs had held his Freddy glove. Luckily, I was geeky enough to have brought with me my old Nightmare on Elm Street toy glove, hoping for a souvenir photo with me threatening him. To make a short story shorter, that night Freddy Krueger went on stage wearing MY terror glove (temporarily enhanced by FX virtuoso Sergio Stivaletti). And yes, I got my photo - it’s somewhere in the attic, I believe. This is just to say that Krueger gloves always have a hard time travelling the waking world!