According to airport officials at Gatwick Airport, the 3-inch plastic rifle from a toy soldiers are now officially recognized as a weapon by airport security. It does seem that it is a bit ridiculous something that would cause the same amount of damage as a paper clip is now considered a weapon. The couple did receive the small plastic rifle back which they promptly sent out the small plastic bit via air mail. I do not know what was going through their minds when they scanned this and thought that it could possibly be a weapon of sorts. I am glad however though that it was a married couple rather than some poor unsuspecting child with his little set of army men.