A 25-year-old Instagram influencer was stopped by LAX airport security after she was caught with “like 20” bags of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in her carry-on bag.
Emily Mei was simply trying to deliver the addictive chips to her friends in Korea when she was stopped and inspected by the TSA.
“I thought they were going to reach their hand in and see that there was nothing suspicious,” Mei told USA Today.
For everyone who’s asking why i had so many bags of Hot Cheetos, apparently it’s hard to get in korea so my friends always ask me to bring it for them LOL 😩
— Emily Ghoul (Emily Mei) (@emilyghoul1) October 6, 2019
Mei wrote on Twitter, “Will never forget the day TSA stopped me cuz they thought I was hiding s**t inside my bag cuz all I had was like 20 bags of Hot Cheetos.”
“For everyone who’s asking why I had so many bags of Hot Cheetos, apparently it’s hard to get in Korea so my friends always ask me to bring it for them LOL.”
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In the video accompanying the original tweet, airport security can be seen removing each bag of Hot Cheetos from Mei’s Louis Vuitton duffle bag and conducting a swab test on each and every bag of chips.
While Mei hasn’t explained further in her tweets, it appears her and her 20 bags of chips were allowed to proceed to the gate soon after these tests, hopefully making it to her Cheetos-loving friends in Korea.
Literally not a single person:
Me: This is how much i love Hot Cheetos pic.twitter.com/jvcv9KNLXr
— Emily Ghoul (Emily Mei) (@emilyghoul1) October 1, 2019
Since Mei’s tweet has gone viral, with over 80,000 likes, Brandi Ray, senior director of marketing for Cheetos has also reached out to USA Today to say the woman’s actions have “made [them] smile.”
Also adding, “If, for some reason, Emily Mei doesn’t get her Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to her final destination, Chester Cheetah will personally ensure she receives another shipment.”
— Emily Ghoul (Emily Mei) (@emilyghoul1) October 10, 2019
It is certainly understandable how the situation may seem a bit odd to the TSA. But at the end of the day, Mei was just trying to be a good friend, dedicating an entire carry-on bag to squeezing in every bag of Hot Cheetos she could manage to fit in it.