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Star Wars: Chewbacca actor's lightsaber walking stick seized at airport

'Star Wars' star Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the sci-fi saga has had his lightsaber-style walking stick seized by airport security.

The 69-year-old actor tweeted about the incident through his account @TheWookieRoars, posting the picture you see above.

"Won't allow me through the airport with me cane!" he said. "Giant man need giant cane. Small cane snap like toothpick. Besides, my lightsaber is just cool. I'd miss it."

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Standing at 7 foot 2 the increasingly frail actor needs his Jedi cane to walk, but found himself confronted by airport security who thought the blue lightsaber may be a weapon.

"[American Airlines] won't allow me through the airport with me cane!" he said. "Can I get a retweet?"

The incident happened as Brit Mayhew was passing through Denver Airport in Colorado.

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London-born, the lanky actor's big break came in George Lucas' original 'Star Wars'. He went on to reprise his role in it's two sequels and later in 2005's 'Revenge of the Sith'.

Mayhew did eventually get his cane back , but only after threatening US Transportation Security staff with tweeting about the incident.

When he was eventually checked into his flight Mayhew thanked the airline and said, " I'm a million-miler on American and they are a class act."

We can only hope the whole incident with a visit of the plane's cockpit and the pilot saying: "Punch it Chewie!".