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Man Sues TSA For $5 Million Following Peanut Butter Arrest

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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24 hours in a cell for joking about sandwich spread

Steve Watson
Infowars.com
Feb 11, 2013


An Arizona man who was arrested at the behest of the TSA, following a wisecrack over a jar of peanut butter is suing the federal agency for $5 million.

Frank Hannibal, 50, was detained and dragged from LaGuardia Airport recently by police after a run-in with TSA agents over the jar of gourmet sandwich spread.

“The liquid oil that separated from the peanut butter had them baffled,” Hannibal told the New York Daily News.

Hannibal then commented to his wife and children that “They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,” as TSA agents inspected the 16-ounce jar of “Crazy Richards” chunky peanut butter.

TSA screener Edwin Sanchez, overheard Hannibal’s remark, did not see the funny side, and immediately called the cops, according to the court complaint.

Hannibal spent the next 24 hours in a cell, during which time he was fed a peanut butter sandwich by cops 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 tells the Daily News. “My whole life was up in the air. It was a nightmare. My children were overwhelmed. It was crazy.”

Hannibal has brought a $5-million-dollar lawsuit against the TSA worker and the Port Authority officer who arrested him, all over a $7 confectionary 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,” his attorney, Alan D. Levine of Queens, noted, adding that TSA agents need to act with common sense in such situations.

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.

The Homeland Security agency has also instituted a crack down on candy and cupcakes.

At the same time, people are routinely waltzing through security lines with swords, knives, explosives and guns. Many agents are too busy groping women and searching old people’s diapers to bother checking passports and flight passes.

Still, it’s good to know that the government is keeping Americans safe from sandwich wielding jokers.

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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.

punky3175
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM
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Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.
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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM
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I agree with you. And $5 million? Really?

Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.
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punky3175
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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It sounds like he's just after the money.

Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree with you. And $5 million? Really?



Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.
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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:40 AM
No doubt!

Quoting punky3175:

It sounds like he's just after the money.



Quoting coolmommy2x:

I agree with you. And $5 million? Really?





Quoting punky3175:

Sorry but he's an idiot. There is a time and place for sarcasm. Standing in line at an airport being inspected by TSA is NOT that time or place. It's been 11 years - you'd think it would be common sense not to make such a comment in this situation. I hope he gets laughed out of the court room.
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JCB911
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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This isn't about peanut butter it's about a stupid comment he made. 

You don't say
“They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,”

when your in line at TSA.  He was joking, but I sure wouldn't want to have heard that comment and had nothing happen.

lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Keep your head down, put your stuff and shoes in a bin, shut up, walk through, end of story. It isn't difficult. 

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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Yes they are

Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.


ms-superwoman
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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You can't say explosives in an airport and not expect anything to happen!

Kylie819
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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What an idiot. My 11-year-old knows better than to joke about such things at the airport.

And it is not the TSA's job to interpret sarcasm. When they hear those trigger words, they must act.
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