"You Should've Seen The Look On Your Face" E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   
If you're still too freaked out to fly after the attempted underpants Christmas bombing, rest easy.

The men and women of the TSA are working hard to protect the flying public from terrorism. That is, when they're not playing "hysterical" practical jokes on aggravated passengers.

A college student returning to school after last winter break fell victim to a "prank" at Philadelphia's airport by a Transportation Security Administration worker who pretended to plant a plastic bag of white powder in her carry-on luggage.

The worker is no longer employed by the TSA, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. Rebecca Solomon, 22, a University of Michigan student, wrote in a column for her campus newspaper that she was having her bags screened before her flight to Detroit when the employee stopped her, reached into her laptop computer bag and pulled out the plastic bag containing the white powdery substance.

The screener demanded to know where she had gotten the powder. Afterward, in a Jan. 10 column for the Michigan Daily, she recounted how she struggled to come up with an explanation, wondering if it was bomb-detonating material slipped in by a terrorist or drugs put there by a smuggler. A short time later, she wrote, the screener smiled and said it was all a joke.

The worker "waved the baggie at me and told me he was kidding, that I should've seen the look on my face,'' she said. Solomon said she asked to speak to a supervisor and filled out a complaint, and was told that the man "was training TSA workers to detect contraband."


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