A warning for all future travelers irritated by the lengthy airport screening process: Take it all in with a smile, or risk getting booted from your flight.
That's the hard lesson one woman learned after she claims a U.S. Transport Security Administration officer barred her from boarding the plane due to her "bad attitude."
Shaky cell phone footage of the exchange at a Houston airport was captured and uploaded to YouTube.
In the video's written introduction, the uploader says that even though she passed through airport security, she stoked the ire of a TSA agent by drinking her water instead of allowing them to "test" it.
During the 22-second recording, the agent, identified as Louis Godeaux, can be heard admitting that he took umbrage at the woman's attitude and that he had a legal right to keep her on the ground for that reason alone.
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Transcript from the video (via Good Morning America) reads as follows:
Woman: Do you think I'm honestly a threat? Do you think that?
TSA agent: No, no, no but with your attitude . . .
Woman: Wait, let me get this straight, this is retaliatory for my attitude? This is not making the airways safer, this is retaliatory.
TSA agent: Pretty much, yes. [Inaudible]
Woman: Is that legal?
TSA agent: Yes it is.
ABC News reports that the TSA is standing by their man.
"In our initial review, we concluded that this individual was screened in accordance with standard procedures," came the terse reply to the news networks query.
With close to 500,000 views (and counting), however, it appears the uploader will get the last laugh.
"I know this is not really news (it seems like the TSA is retaliating all the time against people)," the introduction concludes, "but it was a little satisfying to get that statement on video."
Surely, the comments of support flooding in below the video will prove the satisfactory cherry on top.
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