(Daily Mail By MICHAEL ZENNIE) – A man was cited for trying to smuggle marijuana into Oakland International Airport in a Skippy peanut butter jar — an item that is also banned under aviation security rules.
But Transportation Security Administration officials said they were more worried about the peanut butter than the pot when they saw the jar in an x-ray at the airport’s security checkpoint Sunday.
This is the second time an airline passenger has tried to sneak marijuana aboard a plane in a jar of peanut butter. A man was caught attempting the same trick in November 2011 in Los Angeles Airport — and he used Skippy, too.
The man, whose name was not released, was not arrested for the small amount of marijuana. Rather, he was merely cited under California’s generous cannabis laws.
The TSA weren’t even looking for drugs when they spotted the jar in the man’s carry-on luggage.
‘The concern here is that peanut butter is prohibited anyway because of the liquid ban,’ TSA spokesman Nico Melendez told the San Francisco Chronicle.
‘And when we see something in the X-ray hidden in a jar, we need to find out what it is.’
Food and liquids in containers over three ounces have been banned from carry-on flights since 2006, when Islamists were caught plotting to blow up an airliner from London using liquid bombs hidden in unassuming drink containers.
The man, 47, told airport screeners he hid the drugs because he didn’t have a medical marijuana card, which makes it legal to possess small amounts of pot in the state.
The was headed to Los Angeles on a Delta Airlines flight.
However, he was not allowed to board the plane after he was cited for the drugs.
Last year, police in Miami found $7,500 worth of marijuana stuffed into two peanut butter jars — one of them Skippy — when officer intercepted a a package at a local post office.