Don’t mess with people’s dinners (or dinnahs). Especially if you’re the TSA.
The famous 20-pound lobster that was photographed by the TSA and gained an incredible amount of internet notoriety earlier this week is back in the news again. This time, the lobster’s owner has some choice words for how his property was handled.
The lobster, nicknamed Dinnah (as in “dinner,” but with a New England accent), was being transported by Christopher Stracuzza along with 12 smaller lobsters in the same cooler.
According to The New York Times, the lobster was being transported on Stracuzza’s JetBlue flight from Boston back to his home in Savannah, Georgia, in a cooler with “Live Lobster. Fragile,” written in black marker. Regardless of the markings, TSA decided to open the cooler — and the rest is history.
Lisa Feinman of Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, who sold the lobsters to Stracuzza on Saturday, wrote about the lobsters on Facebook, accusing the TSA of dumping out the “12 other lobsters to get to this guy.” She added: “Who would be to blame when these lobsters show up with a claw broken off because the TSA agent doesn’t know how to properly handle a lobster? Do your job and leave our personal property alone.”
Stracuzza also has a few complaints. When he opened his cooler, he found the large lobster sitting on top of the rest, which can be quite uncomfortable for a crustacean. “Would you want a 500 pound person sitting on top of you?” he asked The New York Times. “You don’t think a lobster gets stressed too?”
While Stracuzza didn’t think much of the TSA tape wrapped around his cooler at first, he was surprised to see evidence of the search on the internet — which is what really drew his outrage.
Stracuzza told Inside Edition that he is “beyond ticked off," adding that they "shouldn’t be able to go through people’s luggage and post their photos online."
Michael McCarthy, a TSA spokesman, reached out to Feinman, saying, “we share images through social media to provide helpful travel tips and to better inform the traveling public about TSA’s mission.”
Dinnah the 20-pound lobster ended up being part of a huge cookout at Stracuzza’s home. According to The New York Times, the extra meat made for several meals over the course of a few days, including lobster mac and cheese and lobster rolls.