Despite the First Amendment of the Constitution providing “freedom of speech,” there are still some things you can’t say depending on where you are. On top of yelling “Fire” in a movie theater, you also can’t really talk about a bomb at an airport or on a plane either.
Green Bay Packers wideout Trevor Davis learned the hard way as he was arrested at LAX for misdemeanor criminal threats after allegedly making a joke to a female companion about packing explosives. TMZ reported that Davis made the joke after being asked security questions by a ticket counter agent and was released on bond.
Instead of playing it straight — we’re told Davis turned to the other woman and said, “Did you remember to pack the explosives?”
She apparently said, “No” and tried to get him to stop. He then said, “Just kidding” — but it was too late.
Apart from the fact that it’s illegal, here’s some advice from someone who used to work in retail. Whatever your joke is, those working have heard it hundreds of times before and we stopped thinking it was funny long ago. Thankfully, the worst you’ll get at a retail store is a fake laugh, but it’s a bit more serious at the airport. So if you feel compelled to make a joke, maybe go the Jerry Seinfeld route and say something about how the peanuts are getting smaller rather than joking about explosives.