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Those TSA cut-ups!

TSA worker plants white powder baggie on traveler as a joke

These days, joking about anything illegal while in an airport security line will likely land you in a holding cell, and might even result in criminal charges. But this column from the Philadelphia Inquirer has some wondering whether that rule applies to TSA employees themselves.

Inquirer columnist Daniel Rubin reports that a 22-year-old University of Michigan student fell victim to a particularly cruel “joke” at the hands of a TSA employee at Philadelphia International Airport on Jan. 5.

As Rebecca Solomon passed through security on her way to boarding a Detroit-bound flight, a TSA agent pulled a small baggie filled with white powder out of her carry-on and asked, “Where did you get it?”

A panicked Solomon suffered for 20 seconds before the guard cracked a smile and said, “Just kidding.”

The Inquirer’s Linda Loyd reported later Thursday that the TSA says the employee in question in the incident is “no longer employed by the agency.”</em>

Sad thing is, if the traveler had objected or replied in any way that the TSA found to be improper, she’d go to jail.

Ha ha. Hope she kicked the asshole in the nuts.


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