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An airport security worker was arrested after throwing a cup of hot coffee over a pilot who told her to stop swearing. Transportation Security Administrator (TSA) Lateisha El, 30, was in the middle of a conversation with work colleagues at a JFK Airport terminal when she was interrupted by the American Airlines pilot. Off-duty airman Steven Trivett, 54, was exiting terminal 8 when he overheard El swearing and asked her to tone down the profanity. (www.dailymail.co.uk) More...

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jpusser
josh pusser 8
The pilot, nor anybody else, needs authority to ask someone to stop using profanity. The airport is his part of the pilot's workplace, and you better believe I would have said something if it were my workplace. The only immaturity is a worker not doing their job and acting like a kid when they were called out. There is a complete lack of respect, morals, and work ethic these days.
iflyfsx
iflyfsx 6
"Exceptional"? No. This is their routine behavior.
Jmumman
Jmumman 2
"Trivett, of Butler, Tennessey..." Am I the only one that caught that?
ACE1
GEORGE VOSCH 3
I THINK IT IS TIME THAT THE TSA SHOULD BE SCRAPED.. THIS IS JUST ANOUTHER MESS UP BY TSA..LETS GO BACK TO PRIVITE SECURITY AND END THIS ONCE AND FOR ALL...
indy2001
indy2001 1
Would this have been posted (here on FlightAware, or in a UK newspaper) if a TSA officer hadn't been involved? If it had been a police officer instead of a TSA officer, the incident would have made local news and that would have been it. Almost every day someone finds something, even if it's just a personal blog, about the TSA to squawk here. And it's not hard to find something to squawk. The media knows that it's an emotional topic that evokes a lot of "discussion", so they're happy to keep cranking out the same kind of story to feed the flames.

Enough already! We get it -- many people don't like the TSA. So do something about it. We've become a society of whiners and complainers. It's so much easier to post an anonymous opinion than it is to actually DO SOMETHING. Write to the head of the TSA, write to your congressman and senators, write to the President, go to election events and talk to the candidates -- one of those efforts might actually accomplish something. But complaining endlessly accomplishes absolutely nothing.
rick737
richard weiss 1
We make change by "whining and complaining", Indy. I have made my voice heard in Washington by contacting congressman, and senators. I live in a Leftist State. The reps here want to keep the government gravy train running so my comments go in the circular file. The only way to evoke change is to keep these thoughts in everyone's face.

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KC9JSX
Kevin Cooney 0
Just to relieve you of your immediate skepticism, I've checked several different news sources. They all basically say the same thing.
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
What do you expect when your hiring minimums are nill?
lkurkow
Typical TSA stuff. Get rid of the TSA all they are is reactive and not proactive. They care about nobody but themselves and they thrive on disrupting ones travel.
CaptainArt
Folks, some one is making a ton of money off this BS, just like that lying Al Gore made multi millions of his climate warming BS. You can't debate the issue and any scientist that has, either lost their job or their grant. Senators themselves have complain, still nothing has been done.
rick737
richard weiss 0
Exactly, it's all about the money being spent to enrich the K Street lobbiest' and nothing to do with security. Has anyone noticed how quickly the Rand Paul incident was swept under the rug? As soon as the TSA realized they were in violation of the constitutional rights of an elected official they turned turtle. Reason, Senator Paul has the power to do something about the abuse, average citizens are forced to endure it.
btweston
btweston 0
Thank god that President Bush decided to create a new government agency full of low paid idiots with zero qualifications.

1 point - "The Terrists"
CaptainArt
Hey kid, know your facts before running your garbage mouth. The one that started and insisted on this was that poor excuse of a senator of Nevada. Harry Reid. Haters always seem to have a run of the mouth with out the facts just to get it out there as those 3 network television do.

preacher1
preacher1 0
Well, at least the TSA agent was charged with something. The TSA agent's rights to speak her profanity stopped when the Pilot's started, him not wanting to hear it. It would seem that it went downhill from there. IMHO
sykelkar
Sunil Kelkar 0
OMG! This happens in the USA too!
I thought it happens only in India and here in India, the pilot would be sent to jail for obstructing a government servant from carrying out his/her duties.
Long live the greatest democracies of this world.
jkudlick
The TSO's authority to use profanity ended the second she put on her uniform. As a former Supervisory TSO myself, I've disciplined TSOs for lower levels of unprofessional behavior. If I were JFK's FSD, I'd be sure she didn't have a job when she got out of jail.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
I was shocked too, I thought it only happened in Burundi...
rick737
richard weiss -3
Note to pilot, don't exercise authority you don't have. Note to TSA agent, when you're on the job, being paid with taxpayer dollars, conduct yourself like a professional. Of course, Professional conduct on the part of a TSA agent is a stretch.
djwaunnie
"Note to pilot, don't exercise authority you don't have." Authority...? You need “authority” to ask a uniformed employee to conduct themselves professionally! I’m confident there are details to which we are not privy, but I don’t think anyone needs authority to encourage appropriate workplace conduct.
rick737
richard weiss 1
The pilot had right to speak up about the abusive language. He doesn't have the authority to make arrest or pursue further corrective action with that agent. He does have the right to bring the matter to the attention of a supervisor. If he doesn't think the matter is handled appropriately, the pilot had the right go to the supervisor's boss, and so on.
fredrok
Fred White 1
Then you all would be complaining that the pilot's a narc and he should have had the guts to just bring it up to the agent themselves. Can't win for losing.
djwaunnie
But Richard, the article sited at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2124997/TSA-screener-JFK-hurled-hot-coffee-American-Airlines-pilot-told-stop-swearing.html does not describe who arrested the TSA screener. If you are indeed correct about the pilot trying to detain the insolent screener, I would completely agree with your comment however.
fredrok
Fred White -1
My "authority" would be that I pay her paycheck and as a government employee, she works for ME. Now if I walked through there muttering the n-word as mentioned in the article and was overheard, don't you know I'd have been singled out, shook down and probably arrested for disturbing the peace then labeled NY's biggest racist. Just sayin'.
rick737
richard weiss -2
Next time you get pulled over, tell the officer you have authority to order him to cease and desist, because you pay his salary. Right after that, call your lawyer, you're going to need him.
fredrok
Fred White 2
Apples and oranges, right Richard? Nice try, but a bit of a stretch between breaking the law and getting busted for it and simply asking a govnmt worker to watch their offensive mouth in a public facility. Some of you will argue anything.
btweston
btweston 2
I'm pretty sure any human can walk up to any other human and ask them to quit acting like a retard.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Where did you find your information about the TSA's person mental condition?

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AlFeingold
Al Feingold -4
However perhaps the pilot should NOT have grabbed for her!
btweston
btweston 1
If by "her" you mean her name tag (read more carefully), you're wrong.

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btweston
btweston 1
Where did you find your information about the TSA agent's social, educational, and dental conditions?
THRUSTT
THRUSTT -1
I'm just knowledgeable like that...
stbernardpass
(Duplicate Squawk Submitted)

TSA Screener Throws Hot Coffee At AA Pilot

A TSA employee has been arrested after an altercation in which she reportedly threw a cup of hot coffee at an off-duty pilot exiting a secure area at JFK Airport late last week.

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=a9fbeb38-adee-4b09-8eae-5ed8b14fc992