YouTuber slams Birmingham Airport for 'binning' son's favourite Marvel toy

Birmingham Airport apologised but said it had to follow its policies
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A West Midlands family claimed their seven-year-old son was left in floods of tears after security staff at Birmingham Airport 'binned' the child's 'favourite toy'. Geoff from Worcester was horrified to find out a plastic replica of Thor's hammer didn't make it onto their flight.

Geoff is known for his popular YouTube channel 'Geoff BuysCars'. He was waiting in Spain for his wife and two soon to meet him, but when his wife told him that BHX took the Marvel toy off his son and chucked it away in front of the shocked family on Tuesday, May 21.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, he said: "The staff didn't give a reason. It was my son's favourite thing in the world - he only got it last week. We spent hours playing with it; throwing it back and forth. My wife was flying with the boys alone and felt intimidated. They just took it off him and threw it in the bin."

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An airport spokesperson apologised for the upset but said the staff member was following regulations around replica weapons. Geoff added: "He was crying. He's annoyed and wanted it with him on holiday."

The YouTuber, who drove over 1,300 miles to Spain in a race against an electric video for his new video, slammed BHX as "inhumane" and questioned the need to confiscate the £8.99 toy. "Obviously it's not about the money, it's about the principle," he added.

Bosses at Birmingham Airport apologised for confiscating the youngster's toy and suggested the family could have taken the item to the 'luggage point' to be held. The luggage point is downstairs and would have required Geoff's family to backtrack through security.

An airport spokesperson told BirminghamLive: "We're very sorry to hear that this young boy has had his Thor hammer confiscated. We do have a strict policy set by regulation on replica weapons being allowed through security.

"We are mindful that people will have items that are rejected for travel and therefore, have options in place for customers to retain these items. For an item such as the Thor hammer, a child’s toy, the customer could have taken the item to the luggage point, on-site, where it would have been kept safe, and free of charge, for their return. Or they could have had it posted back to them."

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