It’s not just the two-legged TSA Officers who attack passengers. A 4-legged TSA Officer, employed as a drug-sniffing dog, bit a passenger in the stomach for no apparent reason.
NBC 11 Atlanta is reporting the story about the Rome, Georgia, woman:
A Rome woman is still recovering after being bitten in the side by a TSA bomb-sniffing dog.
The incident happened on May 2nd in the south terminal baggage claim carousel at Hartsfield-Jackson airport.
Sue Dubitsky told 11Alive News she was standing in the baggage claim area and noticed the K-9 officer and handler standing beside her. She said she was barely paying them any attention when the dog suddenly lunged and bit her in the lower stomach.
We can only speculate as to what kind of abuse or mistreatment the TSA subjects its canine officers to for them to lash out like this. Typically, bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to quietly sit down next to the offending item.
The victim said she wanted to speak out to keep this from happening to someone else.
“Can you imagine that [dog's mouth] around a child’s neck?” she said. “And that, the height of my waistline, could easily be a child.”
TSA provides and trains bomb-sniffing dogs for airport security. The dogs are handled by local law enforcement. In this case, the handler was an Atlanta Police officer.
Atlanta Police and the TSA are investigating the incident.
In the meantime, be careful around any TSA agent, whether or not they have 4 legs and a tail!
TSA Officers don’t just attack the Public. They attack our airline pilots, too! A JFK TSO was arrested today for throwing a cup of hot coffee in the face of an off-duty American Airlines airman.
The Daily Mail Online reports:
An airport security worker was arrested after throwing a cup of hot coffee over a pilot who told her to stop swearing.
Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Lateisha El, 30, was in the middle of a conversation with work colleagues at a JFK Airport terminal when she was interrupted by the American Airlines pilot.
What swearing was Lateisha El doing? She was using the “n-word,” apparently in casual chit-chat with her co-workers.
Trivett, of Butler, Tennessey, told them they should ‘conduct themselves more professionally in uniform and not use profanity or the n-word,’ according to the New York Post.
Shiny Badge certainly agrees with Captain Trivett. These folks are in uniform representing the United States of America. This news story is being covered internationally; these TSA Officers, instead of enhancing America’s image, are disgracing it.
Trivett was not seriously injured. El, of Brooklyn’s East New York, was charged with harassment and misdemeanor-assault for the incident at 5am on March 28.
We urge Shiny Badge readers to contact their congressman or woman and make sure that appropriate Federal charges are brought against Lateisha El. This wasn’t just a simple assault; it was an attack on our transportation infrastructure.
See also the New York Post’s coverage and the thread on FlyerTalk.