And we’re back. Back in June we had the TSA Cover Up Scandal, in which I predicted, incorrectly, that the TSA screener at LAX who told Mark Frauenfelder’s 15-year-old daughter to “cover up” on account of her clothing would be terminated. I also incorrectly predicted that a TSA spokesperson would come out and comment on the affair. However, one part of my June post was 100% accurate:
“I believe that this was likely a case of a somewhat mentally unstable TSA screener who decided to get all Taliban on the girl.”
It turns out the man at the heart of the Cover Up Scandal is named Nna Alpha Onuoha, a 29-year-old ex-TSA screener (finally) who was employed with the TSA for 7 years. He very quickly graduated from slut shaming to terror-raining. The TSA (owing, no doubt, to the cumbersome bureaucratic red tape that makes it difficult for any TSA employee to be fired after they have passed their 2-year probationary period) was unable to terminate Onuoha back in June, despite the fact that Onuoha proved himself to be an unstable and questionable character on the global scale, when news of his offhanded request to a 15-year-old-girl made news around the world. He was only suspended. But apparently, Onuoha ended up doing the TSA’s job for them by offering his resignation, and then did the terrorists’ job for them, by offering terror, former-TSA style.
Turns out Onuoha wrote a letter to the 15-year-old-girl’s father just a couple of months after the slut shaming incident, which said, among other things:
“Do not expect another 9/11. What will unfold on this day and on the days ahead will be greater than 9/11.”
Never forget, indeed! Hmm. The above statement sounds vaguely familiar, somehow. Wait a minute. Isn’t that the sort of thing that the TSA is supposed to be saving us from?
And then, just last Tuesday, he caused parts of LAX to be shut down by phoning in bomb threats:
“A man believed to be Onuoha made two phone calls to TSA saying certain airport terminals should be evacuated. During one call, the man told an employee he would ‘be watching’ to see if authorities evacuated the terminals as instructed.”
Read the story here. Now would probably be a good time to throw in your two cents, TSA spokespeople. I’ll be back with more on this soon.