What on earth is wrong with people?
A Rochester Airport security worker has been fired following what she did earlier this summer. First of all it’s worth clarifying that Rochester Airport doesn’t use the TSA, but rather contracts out to another company, so this wasn’t a TSA agent.
A passenger was traveling through the airport in late June, and as he went through the metal detector one of the security guards handed him a note, which said “you ugly” on it. How classy!
Here’s video footage of the incident:
The way things unfolded, you can see her at roughly the 40 second mark of the video grabbing a note. She then hands it to the guy as he walks through the metal detector — the guy didn’t initially look at the note, but as he walked off the lady allegedly yelled at him “you gonna open the note?” Once he did, she burst out laughing.
The guy obtained this video through a Freedom of Information request, which was only recently completed. Apparently he didn’t get very far having formally filed his complaint, so he then posted the video on Reddit, where it went viral. That’s when action was taken against the employee in question.
While the security company didn’t initially provide a comment on the incident, the TSA did issue the following statement:
“TSA holds contractors to the highest ethical standards and has zero tolerance for this type of behavior. This instance, which involved a contract employee, was investigated immediately upon receiving the complaint by the traveler. The employee has since been terminated by the contractor.”
Based on how the lady kept looking over at someone else, I almost wonder if this was some sort of a dare, or something?
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what the motivation was. What a horrible, stupid thing to do. There are enough terrible things out there, so whether it was meant or not, it was completely inappropriate.