“Where did you get this from?” the guard asked her, according to an article she wrote for the
Solomon wrote that she panicked, thinking a terrorist or drug smuggler had slipped something into the bag.
“Tears streamed down my face as I pleaded with him
to understand that I’d never seen this baggie before,” Solomon wrote.
“But as I emotionally tried to explain that I couldn’t explain, he
started to smile, an odd reaction to such a monumental find in my
things. Then he waved the baggie at me and told me he was kidding, that
I should’ve seen the look on my face.”
Solomon declined an interview request Friday through her family.
verified Solomon’s account and said the employee is no longer employed
by the TSA, although she couldn’t say for privacy reasons whether he
“TSA viewed this behavior to be completely
inappropriate and unprofessional,” Davis said. “The employee was
immediately disciplined by TSA management at the
Solomon wrote that she was shaken but still asked to
speak with the airport’s security director and filed a complaint. The
airport notified her
“As passengers and patrons of airports, we have a
lot of responsibility to comply with airline security,” Solomon wrote.
“Our safety depends directly on how well we follow the rules. This same
standard needs to be applied to the staff.”
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