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Massachusetts man goes viral after embarrassing TSA check

Massachusetts resident Joel Libed has become a household name on TikTok thanks to his viral video after he was stopped by TSA security personnel for his carry-on luggage.

His carry-on wasn't stuffed with the usual things. It was stuffed with a variety of flavored cans of SPAM.

Libed's love of SPAM stems from his childhood in Hawaii, where SPAM is a major cultural root and popular dish.

The 33-year-old man was performing as part of the professional Irish dance show “A Taste of Ireland” and their first stop was Austin, Minnesota, home of the popular SPAM Museum.

In an interview with People Magazine, Libed excitedly shared that the Minnesota SPAM Museum was a big part of his itinerary.

“When we got to Austin, I told everyone I wanted to visit the museum,” he said. “Unfortunately, we only had about 20 minutes to visit, but the staff there were so friendly and accommodating.”

Since Libed's time at the museum was short, he was not able to enjoy SPAM to the fullest, but luckily fate intervened. A woman who worked at the SPAM museum and was also responsible for his group's costumes gave Libed a whole box of SPAM.

With nearly 5 million views on TikTok, people can't get enough of this SPAM-loving traveler.

@joellibedny Sorry, not sorry, I love @SPAM®️Brand @Hormel Foods @SPAM®️ Museum #spam #tsa #fyp ♬ Funny Song – Funny Song Studio & Sounds Reel

In a TikTok video, Libed can be seen laughing sheepishly about the incident while explaining to security the specially seasoned cans of Spam he received, which included a special edition Hawaiian, turkey, maple, jalapeño, tocino (Filipino sausage) and more.

Since the viral video was released, Libed has been rewarded with even more SPAM, from the company itself, who expressed their enthusiasm for Libed's video and sent him even more SPAM to try out.

For Libed, the whole incident was a humorous experience.

“It was a great trip and I am happy about the support,” he said.

Contributing Author: Marissa Sebastiao

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