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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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LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

It has long been illegal to make jokes of that kind at security checkpoints.

In fact, so long, that one of Robert Heinlein's 'boys club' classics made a joke about it in Podkayne of Mars in 1963.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 3:09 PM

 

Probably, but probably not this time.

Quoting candlegal:

I agree, they are out of control.

Quoting brookiecookie87:

 

There is a HUGE difference between doing nothing and calling the Police, arresting him, and charging him with, "Falsely reporting an incident".

If they took him into to their little detenion area and questioned him while they checked his peanut butter that would be one thing.

But to call the Police and have him arrested and charged with a crime. That is out of control.

Quoting punky3175:

So you want to let people talk about explosives while standing in line at an airport and nothing be done?

Remember that when TSA gets more lax and the next plane blows up.


Quoting candlegal:

Yes they are

Quoting brookiecookie87:

I hope he wins.

The TSA is getting out of control.


 

 



 

alf2651
by Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I think he's an idiot and just looking for money. What did he think was going to happen when making a comment like that at the airport while getting screened? 

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TheStepMonster
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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It's akin to going into a crowded room and yelling "fire!". You just don't do it.

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 4:26 PM
True dat!

Quoting TheStepMonster:

It's akin to going into a crowded room and yelling "fire!". You just don't do it.



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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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:28 PM

 I hope he wins. I hate TSA.  Anything involving TSA reminds me of an amazing and truthful quote:

"Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither."  -Ben Franklin

SWasson
by Bronze Member on Feb. 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Every airport I have been in since the end of 2001 has had signs cautioning you not to joke about terrorism in the security line. Does the TSA suck?—yes. Is it "security theater?"—probably. Did they overreact?—of course they did, but that's nothing new. Still, a lawsuit for 5 million is laughable.

stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Let's do a test was the statement true? If so and they gave him extra crap over it then by all means he should win. $5 million is just a drop in the bucket so it is a statement figure. They have gotten $2 trillion from homeland security and that doesn't begin to account for their other holdings.

parentalrights1
by on Feb. 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM
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Tough shit. Liquids aren't allowed and you aren't even supposed to mention bombs.

These passengers need to get their asses in line and stop trying to act like defiant, sarcastic school children.
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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Feb. 14, 2013 at 1:26 AM
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 I thought even joking about explosions or bombs in a airport was a jailable offence.

As stupid as this sounds ....liquid IS liquid and if its in a jar of more than 100mls then its a banned substance.  This guy sounds like he was a smartarse and he had to pay the price.  I dont think he will win.  JMO

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