TSA detains JFK passenger for mentioning ‘bomb’ even though he meant sandwich

TSA detains JFK passenger for mentioning ‘bomb’ even though he meant sandwich

The Bomb from Sal, Kris, and Charlie's The Sandwich King of Astoria
The Bomb from Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s The Sandwich King of Astoria

It is not clear where he obtained the lethal object. But a JFK passenger’s idle chatter about taking his “bomb” onto the plane caught the attention of a TSA officer on Thursday, leading to the man’s being detained and ultimately missing his flight.

But in what turned out to be an unfortunate comedy of errors, the “bomb” that 29-year-old Jason Michael Cruz was chatting up to a fellow flyer was a sandwich of that name.

The New York Post reports that Cruz was on an escalator in Terminal 7 when a TSA officer overheard him tell his friend Matthew Okumoto that he “had the wrong bomb” just after 1 p.m. The TSA official, who can’t be faulted in this instance, picked up only that snippet of conversation, which she reported to her supervisor, Robert Haddok.

Officers were instantly dispatched to the security checkpoint to intercept the pair. The two were ushered to a holding area, where they were questioned. Despite Cruz’s protestations that he was talking about food he planned on bringing onto the plane, the TSA officials decided to wait until police arrived. By that time, Cruz’s flight to Los Angeles had departed.

Here’s hoping for Cruz’s sake that his beverage of choice when flying is not a Pabst Blast or that he at least remains mum about it until boarding his plane.

Pabst Blast

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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