Frank Hannibal, who was arrested for making a joke about a jar of peanut butter, is suing the TSA for $5 million.
According to the New York Daily News, Hannibal was recently detained by police after a run-in with TSA agents at LaGuardia Airport in New York.
As TSA agents inspected a 16-ounce jar of 'Crazy Richards' chunky peanut butter, Hannibal joked to his wife and children, “They’re looking to confiscate my explosives."
TSA screener Edwin Sanchez overheard Hannibal’s remark and called the police, according to the court complaint.
Hannibal spent the next 24 hours in a jail cell, where he was fed a peanut butter sandwich by police, who later charged him with the felony of “falsely reporting an incident."
“It sounds laughable now but at the time to be led out of there like a terrorist was unbelievable,” Hannibal told the New York Daily News. “My whole life was up in the air. It was a nightmare. My children were overwhelmed. It was crazy.”
Hannibal has now filed a $5 million lawsuit against the TSA worker and the Port Authority police officer who arrested him, all over the peanut butter, which was returned to him upon his release from jail.
“It’s a sorry state of affairs in this country when sarcasm is considered a felony,” said his attorney, Alan D. Levine.
This is not an isolated incident. The TSA has a history of concentrating on looking out for cakes and pies, as well as sauces, oils and vinegars.
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The TSA prohibits passengers from carrying on liquids in containers larger than three ounces to prevent the possibility of a liquid explosive being brought aboard a jetliner.
Source: New York Daily News