A gun-shaped iPhone case is a bad idea in general, and doubly so when you take one to the airport. That’s the important life lesson one man learned when police stopped him in London Stansted Airport with what appeared to be a gun that turned out to be his smartphone.
Essex police posted a photo of the poorly thought out iPhone case on Twitter saying, “You have a split second decision to make.”
— Essex Police STN (@EssexPoliceSTN) July 6, 2016
The man could be charged with carrying an imitation firearm in a public space or a public order offence, according to the BBC. Considering the case looked like a real gun, the man is lucky the outcome wasn’t far worse.
Police said the iPhone case was discovered during a routine security search and the photo they shared on Twitter was posed. Regardless of exactly where they found the
gun iPhone case, it’s a safe bet the man now know for his incredibly poor life choices was hard pressed to catch his flight.
Gun-shaped smartphone cases aren’t new, which makes it all the more surprising someone hasn’t already been shot by police or other gun-toting bystanders for answering a call. Regardless, the case is a bad idea—especially if you’re taking it to the airport.