Peanut Butter Joke Leads to Lawsuit Filed Against TSA Worker

Man jokingly says his peanut butter is explosive, gets arrested, retaliates

By on February 13th, 2013 14:45 GMT

Not long ago, 50-year-old Frank Hannibal got arrested by a cop who merely responded to the call of a TSA official working at the LaGuardia Airport.

By the looks of it, said TSA employee decided to alert the authorities after the man joked about how his jar of peanut was explosive.

Frank Hannibal is now ready and willing to retaliate, hence his filing a lawsuit against this employee of the US customs agency and the cop who jumped to his help.

Frank Hannibal claims that, when he got arrested by the cop called in by the TSA worker, he and his family (i.e. his wife and his six-year-old twin daughters) wanted nothing more and nothing less than to board their flight.

Unfortunately for this 50-year-old man, the screener used by the TSA officials at said airport got a tad confused over a layer of oil that was resting peacefully on top of Frank Hannibal's gourmet peanut butter, The Inquisitr reports.

At that point, one of the TSA officials decided to subject the 50-year-old man to a more thorough investigation, and asked him to step out of the line.

If it were not for the fact that Frank Hannibal decided to poke fun at the situation he found himself in by turning to his wife and kids, and saying that, “They’re looking to confiscate my explosives,” things would have probably gone smoother.

Still, this was not the case and the 50-year-old father of two found himself arrested, simply because both the TSA official and the Port Authority cop who arrived at the scene seemed to lack a sweet tooth for peanut butter jokes.

After being made to spend a total of 25 hours in lockup, the man decided to file a lawsuit against both the TSA worker, and the Post Authority cop.

“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,” Frank Hannibal commented with respect to this experience.

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Peanut butter joke leads to a man's arrest and a lawsuit
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