TSA Detains Man For Describing His Sandwich As ‘The Bomb’

Dusten Carlson - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 1:25 a.m. ET

Remember, you’re not supposed to say “bomb” in an airport, even if you’re referring to the quality of the sandwich you just had for lunch. One 29-year-old man learned this lesson the hard way after TSA detained and questioned him for saying that his lunch was “the bomb.”

Jason Michael Cruz had to catch a flight out of JFK International in New York last week, and, while awaiting his customary pat down and/or full-body scan, he was talking with a friend about a certain deli in Astoria that makes this 12-inch monster they call “The Bomb.”

It’s a slang term applied to the cold cut, referring both to its quality and the “explosively” jam-packed ingredients the deli piles on it.

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Cruz and his friend, Matthew Okumoto, were discussing the sandwich within earshot of a TSA agent, who hear Cruz describe it as “the wrong kind of bomb.” We’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to what that means, but the agent who overheard didn’t take it for the joke it seemed to be.

After hearing all of this “bomb” talk, which included Cruz mentioning that he wanted to bring “The Bomb” on-board with his carry-on, the TSA agent intervened, believing it to be a discussion about an incendiary device.

The two were detained at a security checkpoint and then questioned. They missed their flight, by the way.

“The TSA clerk probably got a merit badge for her quick thinking in reporting the Scary Terroristy Threat to a supervisor, and that supervisor probably got promoted. Meanwhile, Cruz missed his flight,” said an announcement on the TSA news blog.

This is hardly the first time a passenger has been detained by TSA in a food-related incident.

In early February, a man sued TSA for $5 million dollars over an incident which saw him detained and questioned for joking about a jar of peanut butter he was carrying.

“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,” he recalled.

What do you think of TSA’s response to Cruz’s lunch being described as “the bomb?” Are they over-reacting, or should Cruz have known better? Sound off!


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