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Watch the second video, the first shows nothing.TSA Video Counters Sippy Cup Allegation
Saturday, June 16, 2007
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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations that an airport screener seized a toddler's sippy cup and mistreated his mother, taking the unusual step of posting security camera footage on its Web site.
The TSA said in a statement that the incident and the videotape demonstrate that its "officers display professionalism and concern for all passengers."
At issue is whether Monica Emmerson, a former Secret Service officer, was improperly detained June 11 after she spilled water out of her child's sippy cup at Washington's Reagan National Airport.
TSA has banned most fluids at airport security checkpoints for nearly a year because of concern about possible liquid explosives.
Emmerson confirmed a blogger's account of the incident to The Washington Post but would not elaborate. She has declined to comment to The Associated Press.
The story quickly spread on the Internet after blogger Bill Adler, a Washington author, saw a note Emmerson wrote on a Web site for city parents. Adler interviewed Emmerson and relayed her account.
He wrote that a TSA screener seized her 19-month-old's cup after asking if there was water in it, causing Emmerson's son to cry. Emmerson was told she would have to leave the security checkpoint and dump out the water if she wanted to keep the cup.
As she left the security line, Emmerson "accidentally spilled" the water from the sippy cup, she and Adler wrote.
TSA, however, said Emmerson dumped, not spilled, the water on the floor.
A TSA report said Emmerson told an officer that she was a Secret Service agent, flashed her credentials and said she was exempt from the "stupid" policy restricting liquids on planes.
The video that TSA posted on its Web site Friday shows Emmerson being escorted from the security checkpoint as she appears to take the top off the sippy cup and shake it upside down.
It shows that after she was confronted by several officers, she used paper towels fetched by the TSA to clean up the spot as other passengers stream by her.
On the Net:
TSA Video: http://www.tsa.gov/approach/mythbusters/index.shtm
An article on this from a couple days ago:
Several things occur to me here....not the least of which is the clear fact that this is nothing more than bullying on the part of the TSA. After all, whether spilled or dumped the water was no longer a security threat on the floor. The TSA just decided to bully this woman, who happened to be a secret service agent, and humiliate her by making her clean up a spill.
Does the TSA not make anybody sick? Sad thing is they brow beat a SS agent for this at one airport, when TSA at the next airport won't do shit about the same thing. Their application of "security" is not very even handed.
I was bitching about this story to a fellow that remarked he was traveling with a US Federal Marshal officer not so long ago. The officer was flying armed with a pistol, extra magazines, and two knives because of his credentials. The TSA agents delayed him gave him hell about an open bottle of water he was carrying, and made him dump it out. :thepan:
Don't F with the TSA people. Nothing to see here, now move along and fall in line with the rest of the sheep.