Student Pranked by Philadelphia Airport TSA Worker

PHILADELPHIA -- A University of Michigan college student says a security screener's prank at Philadelphia's airport left her in tears.

In a column in The Michigan Daily earlier this month, Rebecca Solomon writes the Transportation Security Administration worker pretended to plant a plastic bag of white powder in her carryon luggage.

She says the employee stopped her, pulled out the bag and demanded to know where she got the powder.

She says he let her "stutter through an explanation" and break down into tears before telling her it was a joke.

The 22-year-old filed a complaint and the TSA says the employee is no longer with the agency, calling his behavior "highly inappropriate and unprofessional."

The TSA hasn't said whether he was fired or quit.


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  • by Radog Location: Newport on Jan 25, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    Wow this worker need's a job at the white house with the rest of the joker's
  • by Anonymous on Jan 25, 2010 at 09:02 AM
    A little humor from these TSA workers would be nice to lighten the mood every now and then, considering how stressfull the airport can be these days..but this probably was the smartest move.
  • by Nick on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    She should have demanded that he be placed in the airplanes baggage hold compartment and stuffed inside the smallest suitcase he would fit in. Then let the baggage handlers rough this suitcase up and throw it around like they do everyone elses luggage.
  • by Ed Location: The Real World on Jan 25, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    Idiots. If I was her, I own their jobs and they'd be so far down that they'd have to look up to wipe their butts.
  • by Major_Dad Location: somewhere in NC on Jan 25, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    The TSA worker should be fired and his entire family paraded on national television, with signs on them saying how they raised such a stupid kid. Then all his and his families money needs to be given to the girl for such a stupid joke. Once you get the parents involved this type of behavior will begin to stop.
  • by S Location: ENC on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Having been in Philly,I have no doubt that this TSA worker had the IQ of an infant...It is a dirty city and what I saw of its population was definitely not on the intelligent side...So, no surprise there....This college student needs to get a good lawyer....but watch out for John Edwards...he may want more than cash for compensation....
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 24, 2010 at 06:43 PM
    I think he should have to spend a week in jail, in, I believe Singapore. There was a movie a few years back about a teenage girl who gets cocaine slipped in her bag, gets caught at the airport in a foreign country, and goes to prison. They didn't care that it was planted, just that it was there and they had a body to throw in their jail and a statistic to report to their superiors. That and stories like it are probably a big part of the reason she was upset and possibly what made the guy think of it in the first place. If he thinks that's funny, he should go through it himself, and they can come get him in a week -- maybe a month -- and maybe he'll learn his lesson. Then let him go back to work -- he'll have learned a valuable lesson, and why throw away all that training, put another American out of work and into the welfare system, and contribute to the recession?
  • by debra Location: kinston on Jan 24, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    That soooo would have not been funny to me. If I were this girl....somebody would be doing more than getting fired.
  • by philly airport on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    hey ive been to the philadelphia airport. it looks like a dungeon, and its the filthiest airport ive ever seen. we had to wait TWO hours before boarding a plane (they told us to get in line, then we waited--because they had to clean the plane). people were sleeping in the hallways like homeless bums. this airport needs a major overhaul.
  • by ap Location: Gville on Jan 24, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    immature tsa worker with white powder, hmmmmm
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