Forget about catching terrorists. This airport security agent was too busy catching some Z's.
The Transportation Security Administration worker was put on desk duty after she was spotted sleeping in plain sight at LaGuardia Airport - the latest black eye for the federal agency.
Brooklyn traveler Bucky Turco said he had just arrived at his departure gate on Sunday when he saw the uniformed worker snoozing in a chair, head resting in her hand.
"I was shocked," Turco, 35, said, of the 8:15 a.m. encounter. "I've never seen a Department of Homeland Security official sleeping inside an airport."
Turco, 35, snapped a photo of the worker, who woke up about 10 minutes later during an announcement that the Frontier Airlines flight to Denver was boarding, he said.
After rising from her seat, the groggy employee immediately joined her colleagues who were performing secondary security checks at the gate, Turco said.
Turco was flummoxed by what he witnessed.
"In light of their recent follies, it just seemed that a federal agency beleaguered by bad news of late should probably worry about their image a little more," said Turco, founder and editor-in-chief of the counter-culture magazine Animal.
"To be fair, she could have been on a break. But you don't go to a precinct and see a police officer sleeping at their desk."
Turco posted the picture on his Web site. Someone sent a link to TSA officials Tuesday and the worker was immediately interviewed, an agency spokeswoman said.
The guard was put on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation.
"We recognize that our officers have very demanding jobs that require constant vigilance and hours on their feet," TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said.
"But nonetheless, it was completely inappropriate for her to rest in a public area while on her break as opposed to a nearby break room." (source)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
TSA employee caught sleeping on the job
overshoot your next airport landing for 150 miles, of course. But in my case, I was cautious so as to not make it as obvious as the woman in the picture above. That woman just so happens to be a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) employee at LaGuardia Airport in New York City last week.