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Man Sues TSA For $5m After Being Detained For Peanut Butter Joke

Man Sues TSA For $5m After Being Detained For Peanut Butter Joke

A man is suing the TSA for $5m after the US customs agency imprisoned him over a joke about his peanut butter being explosive.

50-year-old Frank Hannibal was arrested at LaGuardia Airport after an ill-timed gag about a jar of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter he was carrying.

In a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, Hannibal describes how the airport screener became confused over the layer of oil on top of his gourmet peanut butter. Hannibal was ordered out of line for a more thorough pat-down, which is when he sarcastically remarked to his wife and six-year-old twin daughters:

“They’re looking to confiscate my explosives.”

Hannibal quickly discovered TSA officials don’t have much of a sense of a humor. He was cuffed and led out of LaGuardia and promptly spent 25 hours in a lockup.

Hannibal has now brought a lawsuit against a TSA worker at LaGuardia and a Port Authority cop. The TSA worker, identified as Edwin Sanchez in court papers, overheard Hannibal and didn’t get the joke. He promptly called the cops, and within minutes Officer Spencer Newman had shown up to lead Hannibal from the airport and charge him with falsely reporting an incident, a felony.

As if that weren’t enough to ruin his day, Hannibal revealed to The New York Daily News that the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in prison just weren’t up to scratch:

“The jelly looked like pus, the peanut butter like God knows what and the bread was hard as a rock.”

Of his arrest and subsequent detention, the peanut butter guru said:

“It sounds laughable now but at the time to be led out of there like a terrorist was unbelievable. My whole life was up in the air. It was a nightmare. My children were overwhelmed. It was crazy.”

As for the peanut butter that started the trouble, Hannibal revealed cops returned his jar after his release.

What do you make of the TSA’s response? A gross overreaction, an honest mistake, or a fitting punishment for a pretty dumb joke?

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33 Responses to “Man Sues TSA For $5m After Being Detained For Peanut Butter Joke”

  1. Misty Jones

    What a stupid moron….if my husband had ruined our trip by saying somthing so stupid like that I'd slap him upside his head….of course they take that seriously…it's thier JOB….if it had been explosives…and a plae went down…many ppls lifes would be 4ever changed…That guy needs 2 learn 2 keep him big mouth SHUT.

  2. Anderson Bertrand

    He should know better than to make jokes like that. I am probably sarcastic too often but even I know that there is a time and place for certain things.

  3. Christian John Desmond Swiggum

    I hope the guy gets his money. When you have an organization that employs idiots scrutinizing your every word, you already have trouble. Would anyone twenty years ago put up with this crap?

  4. Lucas Staus

    this is outrageous. our kids growing up to think its normal for complete strangers to sodomize them in the line at the airport and arrest their parents for having humor. just abolish the TSA and let private companies take care of business like it should be.

  5. Lucas Staus

    this is outrageous. our kids growing up to think its normal for complete strangers to sodomize them in the line at the airport and arrest their parents for having humor. just abolish the TSA and let private companies take care of business like it should be.

  6. Katii Blood

    only $5 Million? I wouldn't settle for less the the termination of the entire TSA scam. Airports can provide their own security, and should. There is every incentive for a business to protect its money, and that's air traffic and passengers. There is ZERO incentive for a government lackey making crap wages to protect 'anything' – but his job, which is to be a worker bee for DHS, the government.

  7. Katii Blood

    only $5 Million? I wouldn't settle for less the the termination of the entire TSA scam. Airports can provide their own security, and should. There is every incentive for a business to protect its money, and that's air traffic and passengers. There is ZERO incentive for a government lackey making crap wages to protect 'anything' – but his job, which is to be a worker bee for DHS, the government.

  8. Paul Reese

    I have worked Customs and you don't want to joke with them either. The agent did his job! The guy is a dumb-ass and perhaps he learned a lesson.

  9. Justin Buell

    You really think there's even a slight possibility it could've been an explosive? Really!?

    I am glad some people are happy living in Fascism. You're going to be getting more of it.

  10. Paul Reese

    America never was a democracy. It's a republic! If you don't know the difference, look it up. Having democratic elections does not make us a democracy. Learn a little about the country you live in. Back to the point. Having trained and worked with customs officers you are trained to take no threat as idle. Taking explosives onto an aircraft is nothing to joke about.

  11. Sterling Richardson

    what an idiot, its freaking peanut butter and these fools are so ignorant they dont even know what real peanut butter looks like. was it smart? naw, but all they had to do was check it, no need to hold him for 25 hours.

  12. David Story

    Dear sir, you are an idiot and the reason America is the laughing stock of the world. The Nazi's did their jobs as well, that didn't make it right! Wise up, lest we loose all of our liberties to those that are just doing their job. Considering you know that America is a Republic, you should also know about the first amendment.

  13. Adam Winn

    Ya this Guy is right. customs officials are dumb@$$ too. common sense has been thrown out the window and now paranoia is public policy. oh yay!

  14. Adam Winn

    and in america that time and place should freakin be wherever you please and whenever you want because we are hypothetically supposed to have the right to free speech and to be innocent before proven guilty. but again thats just hypothetically.

  15. Bevin Chu

    Exactly!

    The airlines, possibly in conjunction with airport administrators, should be left free to devise private sector security procedures.

    Customers, i.e., passengers, would then "vote" for the security solution they liked, by booking flights on the airline of their choice, as is their right.

    After all, it's their lives that are at risk from potential hijackers. What right do a bunch of closet perverts have to decide what's "safe" for others?

  16. Bevin Chu

    You're absolutely right, of course.

    The risks from exploding peanut butter must never be trivialized.

    After all, it was made by a man named "Crazy Richard." Who knows what his peanut butter might do?.

  17. Jeremiah Peterson

    your fucking dumb bitch the nazi just did there job stalin just did his job same concept applies STOP putting government in a corporation that's like FUCKING TSA RUNNING GROCERY STORES.