This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
???Rooster Monkburn??? the cowboy sock monkey is without his pistol, thanks to a diligent TSA agent in St. Louis.
Phyllis May of Redmond, Wash., said she is ???appalled and shocked and embarrassed all at the same time??? about the incident that happened on Wednesday.
May has a small business selling unique sock monkey dolls. She says she and her husband were on their way from St. Louis to Sea-Tac and she had a couple of monkeys and sewing supplies with her in a carry-on bag.
???His pistol was in there,??? she says of the sock monkey ???Rooster Monkburn,??? a take-off on John Wayne character ???Rooster Cogburn??? from the film ???True Grit.???
May and her husband were going through the screening process when she noticed that one of her bags was missing.