Why was this giant bear left alone at the airport?

Huge teddy bear left sad and lonely at Christmas

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Why was this giant bear left alone at the airport?
A picture of a huge teddy bear left abandoned at the airport has gone viral online.

TSA shared an image of the bear originally trying to find out who it belonged to.


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But they updated their post to announce that the bear was taken to the airport by a well-known YouTuber who wanted to see if he could get it on the plane.

Click on the link in our profile to read a blog post on this subject. ***UPDATE*** After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we've learned that he's a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveler was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveler opted not to check the bear and left it behind.*** Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It's a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips

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An original post read: "Why does this gigantic teddy bear look so sad? He was abandoned by his owners at LAX after the airline and TSA determined that he was just too big to be screened as a carry-on and taken on the plane. It's a good idea to check with your airline prior to traveling with overly large items as cary-ons. If you see this wayward bear strolling the streets of LA, please feel free to feed him. #TSATravelTips."

TSA later explained: "After watching a YouTube video posted by the traveler, we've learned that he's a popular YouTuber and this was a stunt to see if he could get the giant bear on the plane. He even made up a backstory that the bear was a gift for his girlfriend. The bear did not belong to a child. The passenger had actually bought a ticket for the bear. After the airline and TSA decided the bear was too large, the airline offered to refund the ticket and the traveller was given the option of checking the bear as checked baggage. The traveller opted not to check the bear and left it behind."

A TSA worker has now also written about the bear on their blog. Bob Burns wrote: "Even though I didn't mention a child in the Instagram post, some quickly assumed it was a child's bear and imagined a heartbroken child having to leave its friend behind for the holidays. This was not the case. It belonged to a grown man.

"The problem with the bear is that it was just too big to be screened with checkpoint security technology. Our officers attempted to screen it, but were not confident they could clear the big fella. Not only was the bear enormous, it was heavy and dense making it harder to determine if anything was concealed inside."

Hopefully the bear found a new home with a children's charity or something similar.


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