There is nothing more dangerous on this earth than peanut butter and jelly, never forget that. Frank Hannibal certainly won’t. The Arizona resident was traveling through New York’s LaGuardia Airport, The Hill reports, when he was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration.
It seems the TSA found something peculiar in his luggage. Hannibal had packed gourmet peanut butter and jelly to take home, and the oil had separated from the peanut butter. When TSA employees insisted that the containers had to be checked, Hannibal joked to his wife that they were “trying to take my explosives.”
Here’s a helpful tip: Never say the word explosives when being questioned by the TSA In fact, don’t even say it within a mile of an airport. Of course, Hannibal was arrested and charged with “falsely reporting an incident in the second degree.” The charge was later dropped, but Hannibal was not amused. Now, he’s suing for $5 million. In the suit he names the employee who arrested him, as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Hannibal says a false and malicious report from the employee led to him being detained for 25 hours. He also claims the arrest deprived him of “his liberty,” and caused mental distress, and humiliation in front of his family. Furthermore, he says he incurred legal expenses by having to defend himself in a criminal proceeding.
The TSA won’t comment on any pending litigation. The moral of the story? Check your sandwich fixings, and please don’t talk about bombs at the airport.