TSA finds gun parts inside peanut butter

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TSA isn’t exactly one of the most beloved federal agencies. It’s probably not the most loathed, but that’s only because the IRS, FBI, and ATF exist. Yet they serve a function, part of which is to keep things off of planes that aren’t lawfully allowed to be there.


Now, sometimes they get carried away to a comical degree, but every now and then, they catch someone doing something really shady.

And since Christmas is the busiest travel period of the year, you have to suspect they’d find some stuff. I’m not sure they expected to find it where they found it, though.

Parts of a gun were found inside jars of peanut butter at John F. Kennedy International Airport, officials with the Transportation Security Administration said.

The .22 caliber gun parts were reportedly wrapped in plastic and jammed into the middle of plastic peanut butter jars, according to WABC.

WCBS reported that the magazine was loaded with bullets.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has arrested a man in connection with the case, according to a TSA spokesperson on Twitter.



Well…yeah, I’ve got nothing.

Nothing at all.

The magazine was loaded, then put into the peanut butter. Someone thought this was a winning strategy.

I mean, it’s not the weirdest thing I’ve seen TSA find, mind you, but it’s pretty bad.

Plus, let’s be honest, someone transporting jars of peanut butter was always going to raise a few eyebrows. Especially if it’s a super common brand like Jif.

See, people travel with food all the time. Especially regional or local treats they can’t get elsewhere. For example, my mother-in-law turned me onto this brand of baked beans you can’t find in stores down here. So, if someone from New York were visiting, I’d probably ask for some Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans from up that way.

But Jif is something you can get pretty much everywhere in the US, as well as in a number of other countries. Traveling with several jars of a common kind of peanut butter doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, which raises suspicion.

Rule number one in gun-running is not to raise suspicion.

Or, at least, that’s what I’d imagine it would be. I’ve never tried to do any such thing myself, though I have pondered trying to get some to Hong Kong over the years.


Anyway, I wouldn’t want to draw any attention to myself, so I’m unlikely to put guns in jars of peanut butter.

I mean, the TSA may not be the most adept agency the government has–and really, that’s saying something–but even they can’t be counted on not to look at jars of peanut butter a little side-eyed.

Now, understand that I don’t think you should have to jump through all the hoops to travel with a gun that you currently do, but the rules are what they are. That means TSA is going to enforce them.

And that means some dipstick is going to try to do something stupid like hide guns in peanut butter.


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