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Jimmy, who recently hit No. 1 with “Do You Believe Me Now,” was catching a flight home to Nashville from Oakland on Thursday morning when the misunderstanding left him handcuffed in his boxer shorts at the security gate.
Jimmy recalled the moment to People.com as he approached the metal detector in shorts, T-shirt and a sweatshirt. "I kept trying to get through and it would go off," he explains. Jimmy removed his sweatshirt and necklace, but the detector still buzzed. "Finally the TSA officer said something to the effect of, 'Remove your shorts,' and I thought to myself, 'Now, that sounds a little weird, but I guess it’s ok.’ I guess maybe between not having enough sleep and not understanding him ... I don't know. I did it!" So, Jimmy laid his shorts on the conveyer belt to be X-rayed and walked back in his underwear and T-shirt. "He [the security officer] flipped!" Jimmy says. "I ran back to the belt––I thought I could grab my shorts real fast––but the belt sucked the shorts up in the X-ray into the other side. So now I'm stuck in my boxers and everyone's staring." Jimmy was handcuffed and questioned for 25 minutes as other airport passengers filed past, some taking photos with their cell phones, but was eventually released without charges.