The owner of a giant lobster that went viral on Twitter after a grinning TSA agent posed with it this week says the image of the airport worker manhandling his mammoth mollusk really stuck in his craw, according to a new report.
“I understand they have to go through some things to make sure everything is kosher, and everything is good to go. But to pull your luggage out and take a photo of it, and then post it online?” Christopher Stracuzza told the Boston Globe.
Jewish scriptures in fact prohibit eating all shellfish — TSA approved or not.
Stracuzza paid $700 for the 15-pound live lobster and a dozen smaller ones from a seafood store in Connecticut and was flying back home to Georgia with them via Boston’s Logan Airport Sunday, the paper reports.
But as TSA agents were inspecting his checked cooler marked “live lobster!” one snapped the smirking selfie while holding the epic arthropod up by its claws, which an agency spokesman then posted online.
Stracuzza had no idea his future seafood feast was all over the internet the next day from a friend.
“I got a call and he was like, ‘Dude, your lobster is all over the Internet,’ ” Stracuzza told the Globe.
The seafood store owner who sold him the catch was also steamed to see the agent posing with private property.
“Yes it was a huge lobster, and yes it is a novelty that we all don’t see very often, but really the bigger picture was this is a TSA agent that is going through our personal property and taking selfies,” Atlantic Seafood owner Lisa Feinman told News 8.
Privacy aside, the agent could easily have damaged the goods, she added.
“All that weight is being put on these joints here. He could easily snap that claw off,” she told the station.
But the lobster did survive the trip intact, and Stracuzza told the Globe he plans on turning it into lobster rolls and lobster mac and cheese.
Credit: NY Post