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Man Sues TSA For $5 Million Following Peanut Butter Arrest

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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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by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM
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LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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Yes, they are - but NOT in this case. It is hardly new that the TSA does not take any talk of bomb/explosives in the airport lightly. The man was class A IDIOT to joke about explosives in front of a TSA agent.


Quoting candlegal:

Yes they are

Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.



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LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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Arresting people who say they have explosives and are about to get on an airplane is "out of control"? Not even close.


Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.


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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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I find it unfortunate that the TSA (civilians with badges) feels it's their responsibility to get uptight over a joke because their idiot staff doesn't realize that peanut butter oils can separate from its butter. Arresting him was the OBVIOUS wrong move. I hope he wins.

Well played TSA, well played. I feel so much safer know you employ dum dums.

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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Arresting a Dad for being sarcastic while they are looking at his Peanut butter container is out of control.

It is obvious he is being sarcastic. His peanut butter container is obviously not explosives.

Arresting being the key word here. If they took him in for questioning and then released him that would be one thing. But to call the cops and arrest him and then charge him with, "falsely reporting an incident". Yes. Out of control.

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Arresting people who say they have explosives and are about to get on an airplane is "out of control"? Not even close.


Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.




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celestegood
by Silver Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM
I hope he wins.
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SuperChicken
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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I have to wonder about just how stupid the people the TSA hires are if a jar of peanut butter has them baffled.   And for them to compound their stupidity by then arresting the man for making fun of their stupidity, because I'm sure they knew he was being sarcastic and wanted to show him who was boss around there like many bullies with badges, is ridiculous.  

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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Really, so you are an expert in where explosives can and cannot be hidden, dear? Liquid explosives can be in a water bottle but magically not in a peanut butter jar? Are you really that innocent??? I have known since I was able to toddle to an airplane that you DO NOT JOKE ABOUT BOMBS in an airport. PERIOD. The man fucked up, TSA did their job.


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Arresting a Dad for being sarcastic while they are looking at his Peanut butter container is out of control.

It is obvious he is being sarcastic. His peanut butter container is obviously not explosives.

Arresting being the key word here. If they took him in for questioning and then released him that would be one thing. But to call the cops and arrest him and then charge him with, "falsely reporting an incident". Yes. Out of control.


Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Arresting people who say they have explosives and are about to get on an airplane is "out of control"? Not even close.





Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.







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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM
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So the dad gets questioned by the TSA about his peanut butter and instead of being an adult he chose to behave like a petulant teenager and make a very inappropriate comment about explosives.  This man is 50 years old, don't tell me he didn't know better than to make that comment. 


Quoting brookiecookie87:


Arresting a Dad for being sarcastic while they are looking at his Peanut butter container is out of control.

It is obvious he is being sarcastic. His peanut butter container is obviously not explosives.

Arresting being the key word here. If they took him in for questioning and then released him that would be one thing. But to call the cops and arrest him and then charge him with, "falsely reporting an incident". Yes. Out of control.

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Arresting people who say they have explosives and are about to get on an airplane is "out of control"? Not even close.


Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.






MomofHDFandNWF
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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This whole story does seem a little absurd... any one knows that gourmet/all natural peanut butter separates in the jar.  That is why you have to stir it every time you use it.  With that being said, he should have known better than to make a stupid joke like that to begin with!  If he had just kept his mouth shut and let them finish doing their inspection/job he would have been fine. 

What I want to know, what was he doing with that in his carry-on anyway?  You are not allowed to carry any liquid over a certain amount.  I can't imagine him needing the PB on the flight.... even a a long flight he could have found other things to eat that would have passed through TSA just fine. 

AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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I don't enjoy giving my freedom of speech up in public places so idiots who don't understand that peanut butter oil separates can decide safety as well as humor
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