A five-year-old boy had his two small Nerf guns confiscated by airport security.

Brock Figliomeni spent $50AUD on the toys during a week-long holiday in Bali with his family, only to have them ripped from his possession at Denpasar Airport.

His mother, Leigh, said security told her the novelty items ‘posed a threat’ and would not be allowed through the gate on the family’s arrival home to Perth Saturday night, reports Daily Mail.

She claimed airport staff asked her to open the bag containing the toys following its journey through the X-Ray machine, then told her it needed to be removed.

‘We placed all our luggage, both checked and carry on, into the X-ray machine and, on inspection, we were asked to open one of our secure locked bags (meant for checked baggage),’ Ms Figliomeni told Daily Mail Australia.

‘My five-year-old son’s two small Nerf guns were confiscated. When we asked why, we were told they posed a ‘threat’ and would not be allowed into Australia.’

The little boy was extra devastated because he paid for the two guns with money his grandmother had given him, Ms Figliomeni said.

The youngster was brought to tears at having to give up his prized foam-based weaponry and was ‘still banging on about it’ two hours later, according to his mum.

She has issued a warning to other parents explaining how she believes it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bringing home overseas shopping.

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  • Its a shame but sadly this is the way of the World now. Dont buy this type of thing overseas. Wait until you are home and buy them locally.


  • In the photo above they don’t look like the type that are foam.
    If you tried to take them into or leave some of the Asian countries you would be thrown into gaol


  • Unbelievable, how could this even pose a threat !! I think this is just airport staff doing difficult and showing their need for control and power. Poor boy !


  • Looks like it might be best to ask before shopping anywhere what you aren’t allowed to bring back to Australia. I do feel for the young boy though.


  • I think this was actually the parents being thoughtless.


  • Not sure how they pose a threat. I was going to suggest they should go into ‘under the plane’ checked luggage, but seemingly they did. A bit of an overreaction, I think.


  • A hard lesson to learn for the little boy. The warning hopefully will save others from this. Still do not see how this was a threat .


  • I understand that they look like guns, but seriously, they were in checked baggage and any idiot could tell they were just toys! Poor kid :(


  • Wise not to buy these type of toys – airport security and rules vary from country to country and better to be cautious than have them confiscated and have tears.


  • What I don’t understand is what was the threat if they were in the checked luggage. And further, you can buy them in Australia too, so why confiscating them? Poor child.


  • poor kid but better to stop the toys going through before the people making guns make them to look like toys to get them through security


  • I feel sorry for this youngster, but airport security is very important too.


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