TSA official slipped white powder into fliers' bags, told them they'd been caught with coke and were under arrest


27 Responses to “TSA official slipped white powder into fliers' bags, told them they'd been caught with coke and were under arrest”

  1. jimh says:

    Put a toy gun in your bag and see if they can take a “prank”…

  2. EH says:

    this should so be pmita prison offense.

  3. Erin W says:

    It seems to me it’s always PHL in these stories. Are the goons there worse than average, or do they just get caught more often?

    • jackie31337 says:

      I must be really lucky, because I fly through PHL each time I visit the USA from Europe. Every TSA employee I’ve ever interacted with there has been exceptionally helpful and friendly to me. I have to wonder if all the assholes are working the domestic security checkpoint.

  4. JimEJim says:

    I keep thinking that for my next flight I want to wear a kilt and pack my bag full of sex toys so I can opt out of the x-ray machines and make a scene of it. That is, unless they’ve already change the rules to not allow sex toys on flights.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If the toy gun is in checked, not carry on, odds are good they won’t give a damn.

  6. zyodei says:

    One law for them, another for us, apparently.

    Umm…where have you been the last several thousand years?

  7. braininavat says:

    A prank played by a person in a position of authority? The correct term is BULLYING!

  8. Anonymous says:

    the officer — whose name has been redacted from the TSA memo

    I wonder if they tried copying and pasting the text under the black bars in the PDF. Government agencies are notoriously bad at redacting sensitive documents.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m an ex-TSA employee. We’re not supposed to look for drugs but when we find some it’s up to the individual. Usually we call the airport police because that makes us a hero among other employees. There are a few who shrug it off.

    There actually is some security going on but a lot of it is theater.

    I’m waiting for someone to get arrested for child porn. I’ve watched bored TSA employees look through cameras and laptops. Not the TSA that you see going in, but the ones who look through suitcases. The same ones who sometimes get caught stealing drugs, money, jewelery and other random stuff. Eventually someone is going to find child porn and call the cops. Just like the officer who confiscated the cash box of political donations. Then we’ll watch a public case of the 4th Amendment in action and people can hate the ACLU even more for defending a child pornographer.

  10. knoxblox says:

    Hmmm…I wonder if I would have the presence of mind to risk going to jail for kicking a TSA officer in the balls because he admitted to playing a practical joke involving fake drugs?

  11. orwellian says:

    Okay, how about this? Conservatives will go along with closing Gitmo if we also close the TSA? People can argue whether Gitmo makes us safer or not but I can’t imagine anyone not working for the TSA arguing it makes us safer in the slightest.

  12. chris says:

    Christ, what an asshole.

  13. codesuidae says:

    Just curious, but is TSA tasked with finding illegal drugs, or just things that can be used to threaten airline security?

    For example, do they have to verify that you have prescriptions if they find pills when searching your bags?

  14. retchdog says:

    security theater of the oppressed. hrm.

  15. sdmikev says:

    What a tool.
    Would have been funny, though if someone had stuck their finger into the baggie, wiped the powder on their gums and said, “this isn’t cocaine.”

    • johnphantom says:

      sdmikev, there is a pretty easy test for cocaine: take a small part of it on your index finger, and then slightly touch your thumb to it. What disappears is cocaine, what remains is cut. Of course, if you are cutting with something like Lidocaine, you can’t tell the difference, but substances like vitamin B12 are popular for cutting.

      Don’t ask how I know that.

  16. Bruce Arthurs says:

    If you’re the sort of authority figure who thinks it’s a good joke to plant drugs or drug paraphenalia on innocent people, what else might you think is acceptable behavior?

    In the case of Phoenix police officer Richard Chrisman, that might be shooting and killing an unarmed suspect.

  17. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I might consider an exception to the ‘no contact info’ rule for this one. Surely this is as jailworthy as filing a false police report.

  18. Anonymous says:

    TSA – Cocaine in your bags! Just kidding! I get off with a slap on the wrist and come back to work the next day.

    Everyone else – THERES A BOMB IN THE TERMINAL! Just kidding! I get thrown in jail and treated like a 2nd class citizen.

    Glad I only visit the country once a decade..

  19. Anonymous says:

    Why isn’t this guy in jail!?
    This is illegal and wrong.

  20. Susan Oliver says:

    “Though his colleagues saw him pull this stunt, he was not removed from duty or reported”

    The Smoking Gun post says that he was “canned for falsely claiming to have discovered cocaine in the luggage of travelers”, and the supporting documents show that one fellow TSA worker reported him to his supervisor. In addition, 3 passenger statements were taken, so it seems like in this case the system took care of its bad apple.

    • Cory Doctorow says:

      That was the SECOND time he did it, not the first time.

    • zyodei says:

      Did he go to jail? No? Then it’s still a double standard.

      Try this: plant a suspicious white powder in the bag of another passenger, and then after they are caught let you a big laugh about what a funny joke it was. Now, do you sleep in your bed that night, or are you wearing an orange jumpsuit? If the latter, it’s a double standard.

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