December 27, 2012
TSA defends pat-down of Santa Claus at McGhee Tyson Airport
A red-suited old man with a stomach that shook like a bowl full of jelly became hysterical during a security screening at Knoxville's airport Tuesday. The bearded man was forced to undergo a pat-down after a large sack of toys set off an X-ray machine. The incident has garnered attention since the man's wife detailed the ordeal on Twitter. The Transportation Security Administration is defending its agents, despite new procedures aimed at reducing pat-downs of magical gift-givers. "He started to cry, saying 'No, I don't want to' and when they tried talking to him, he ran," Mrs. Claus told reporters. "He told them they would be on next year's naughty list for sure. I don't think they liked that." Claus said her husband's main anxiety was the lack of understanding from TSA agents that they were dealing with Santa Claus, not a terror suspect. "Normally he expects cookies and milk, not grabby government agents."
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