Mon, Jun 18, 2007
Invites Website Visitors To "Decide For Yourself"
Transportation Security Administration -- apparently a bit singed
from constant accusations of duplicity and incompetence --
responded in a most unusual way to a news story this weekend
regarding an incident at Reagan National Airport last week.
Fox News reports Monica Emmerson, a former Secret Security
agent, was traveling with her infant son June 11 when a TSA officer
stopped her because her child's "sippy cup" had water in it. The
officer reportedly told Emmerson she would have to dispose of the
water, and pass through security a second time, if she didn't want
the cup confiscated.
According to a TSA report, Emmerson flashed her credentials to
the screener and told her she was exempt from the "stupid" policy
that restricts liquids on planes.
Emmerson maintains what happened next was an accident. As she
was fumbling with the cup, she spilled its contents onto the
The TSA maintains Emmerson spilled the water on purpose... and
even took the unusual step of posted the security video that
captured the entire incident online.
The video -- available on a special TSA webpage dubbed
"MythBusters" (we wonder what Adam Savage and Jamie
Hyneman think of that title --
Ed.)-- shows three TSA screeners horsing
around before Emmerson passes by. A fourth screener accompanies
Emmerson, and places his hand in front of her face to stop her from
proceeding to the terminal.
Emmerson fumbles with the cup, before apparently upending it
completely. Several minutes pass before an employee brings a roll
of paper towels, so that Emmerson can mop up the water. She
reportedly missed her flight because of the incident.
The TSA told Fox it posted the video online to show its
"officers display professionalism and concern for all
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