'Friendly' pepper spraying hits US airport

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/...-hits-us-airport/story-e6freoo6-1226608125448

    SIX security officers at New York's John F Kennedy Airport landed in hospital after being hit by pepper spray - fired by one of their own.

    The Transportation Security Administration agents, responsible for X-ray machines and other vital screening around the US transport network, suffered the friendly spray incident on Tuesday after coming across "an abandoned item," a TSA spokesman said.

    They were attempting to "determine its contents and to move it out of harm's way when it accidentally discharged," the spokesman told AFP.

    "Out of an abundance of caution, six TSA officers at JFK Airport were transported to a local hospital."
    The TSA said travellers did not get hit by the spray, which causes a painful burning sensation and is popular among police forces and for civilian self-defence.

    It was not clear where the abandoned container had come from. US airports only allow such sprays to be carried in checked luggage.

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    It would be funny were it not so sad.

    This article says that the screener thought it was a laser pointer, and decided to point it at himself.

    These people are in charge of our safety at airports?
     
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    Captain Underpants strikes again!
     
  4. sobore
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    I'm also assuming their computer DVD drive is currently holding a large slushee.
     
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    I used to work with someone who thought that tray was for exactly that purpose.
     
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    Glad that the screener didn't decide to point the 'laser' at children
     
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