TSA screener plants powder baggie in flier's luggage
Not everyone gets the joke
A screener for the US Transportation Security Administration lost his job after pretending to plant a plastic bag of white powder in the carry-on luggage of a passenger at the Philadelphia International Airport.
Rebecca Solomon was flying to Detroit on Northwest Airlines, the same city and carrier involved in the attempted underwear bombing on Christmas, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer's Philly.com. After passing through a detector, the unidentified TSA worker motioned the 22-year-old passenger toward him, presented the plastic baggie and asked "Where did you get it?"
After about 20 seconds, the screener smiled and admitted that it was all a joke. But supervisors aren't laughing. A TSA spokeswoman called the behavior "highly inappropriate and unprofessional" and said the man is no longer employed with the agency. ®
(erstwhile) TSA guy: "Haha, just kidding; relax - you can get on the plane, you aren't going to be detained in one of the hidden white rooms here in the airport where we'd strip you naked and cavity search you until the police arrive and handcuff you and take you back to the station where you'd be put in a cell and interrogated for thirty-six hours until they decide to assign you a lawyer who will convince you to plea-bargain for a shorter felony sentence to commence a few months from now during which you'd be intimidated, beaten, and possibly raped by fellow inmates, mercifully culminating in your release in upstate New York penniless, creditless, friendless, homeless, and as an ex-convict nobody will hire.
Yeah, this was just a little bag-of-powder joke me and the guys like to pull, heh."
Paris, because she'd never frighten someone like that just for fun.
And if a traveller does something similar, or even mutters the word bomb, they end up in jail for a day being interrogated.
Not punishment enough
Considering the absolute shit-storm that the TSA would unleash on a *passenger* who tried the exact same "joke", this guy got off easy.