The Transportation Security Administration and United Airlines owe Bob Porter a big apology and and a shopping cart of Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.
That’s after someone with TSA or the airline lifted a pound of brisket, a pound of smoked sausage and a small condiment cup of sauce from the Leawood restaurant that Porter had packed in the luggage he checked at Kansas City International Airport, The Kansas City Star reports. Porter, a government affairs consultant from Washington, D.C., was in town to attend the Chiefs game with friends.
He got the barbecue to take on his return flight. But when he got home on Monday he found a TSA note, where his barbecue had been saying his luggage had been inspected.
Hijacking a man’s barbecue — especially in Kansas City, the barbecue capital of (wait for it) The World — ought to be a federal offense. Joe’s Kansas City after learning of heist, said the restaurant is sending a pound of brisket, a pound of smoked sausage, a T-shirt and barbecue sauce in the mail to Porter.
Doug Worgul, director of marketing at Joe’s Kansas City, told The Star the restaurant might throw in a slab of ribs as well. That should make Porter whole — full, too.
Porter said in an email that he is happy. But he still deserves an apology, reimbursement or a load of Joe’s Kansas City from TSA and the airline.
His troubles also should serve as a warning to other air travelers about the light-fingered love at KCI for Kansas City barbecue.