The owner of the 20-pound lobster that was photographed by TSA agents inside Boston’s Logan Airport and posted to social media is furious about how the agency handled the massive sea creature.
Chris Stracuzza of Savannah, Ga., told Inside Edition that he is “beyond ticked off” that agents were able to open his luggage in the first place.
They shouldn’t be able to go through people’s luggage and post their photos online,” he added.
The huge lobster was posted on social media Monday by TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy, the day after it was photographed inside Logan Airport.
The post shows a smiling TSA agent at Logan International Airport holding the gargantuan crustacean.
The lobster was inside a checked item, a cooler, after Stracuzza says he bought the giant lobster at the Atlantic Fish Market while on vacation in Connecticut.
And Stracuzza isn’t the only one unhappy with the way the lobster was handled.
The owner of the fish market, Lisa Feinman, told Inside Edition: “It was about our privacy. Is there a line? Is there something that says any agent or person can just pick up something of yours, pose as a photograph and send it on social media?”
Live lobsters are legally allowed to be carried on flights “in a clear, plastic, spill-proof container,” according to the TSA website, which adds that such cargo is subject to inspection by a TSA officer.
The lobster was estimated to be about 80 years old and Stracuzza was able to take him on his journey where he turned the crustacean into a variety of delicacies including lobster mac and cheese and lobster rolls.