Kevin Bacon Got In Trouble With TSA Because Of A Sweet Potato

Kevin Bacon may love sweet potatoes, but the TSA clearly does not.

Bacon, 61, was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” this week and recounted his recent run-in with the Transportation Security Administration over a snack he added to his suitcase at the last minute.

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“I was on my way to L.A., and I knew I was going to be arriving in five hours, and I knew that in about seven-and-a-half hours I was going to be hungry,” Bacon explained to Fallon. “So I saw a nice sweet potato sitting there ready to go, and I just threw it in my suitcase. And, of course, TSA flagged it.”

The “City On A Hill” actor also said that as soon as the TSA noticed something amiss while x-raying his bag, he told a TSA employee, “I think it’s my sweet potato.”

Bacon has no gripes with TSA, however, telling Fallon, “I love the TSA. I think they do a great job. They got a job where everybody is pissed off or nervous or whatever…it’s such a tough gig.”

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Bacon originally revealed his run-in with TSA in a July 5 Instagram post. “Thanks to the hard working folks at #TSA for keeping us safe,” the star wrote. “If I saw this on the X-ray I would have searched my bag as well.”

And while there was some debate between Bacon and Fallon as to whether the root vegetable in question was a sweet potato or a yam, Fallon’s audience sided with Bacon’s description of the snack as a sweet potato.

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