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September 16, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59When an airport security officer allegedly made a creepy and inappropriate comment about his daughter’s dress, Mark Frauenfelder, founder of the popular website Boing Boing, told the world on his blog. From then on, things got stranger.

Subsequent investigations have led to the arrest of a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee, who has been charged with allegedly having made a series of threats against Los Angeles International Airport ahead of the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.The outfit Frauenfelder's daughter was wearing.-

It started in June when Frauenfelder said a TSA officer had “humiliated and shamed” his 15-year-old daughter, who was travelling with a group of high school students on a college tour.

His daughter was quite modestly dressed (see photo, which Frauenfelder posted on his blog). His daughter claimed that the TSA officer was glaring at her and mumbling “You’re only 15, COVER YOURSELF!” in a hostile tone. The daughter said she was shaken by his abusive manner.

Frauenfelder said it was none of the TSA officer’s business to tell girls what they should or should not wear. “His creepy thoughts are his own problem, and he shouldn’t use his position of authority as an excuse to humiliate a girl and blame her for his sick attitude.”

The TSA investigated, issued a public apology and suspended the employee concerned, Nigerian-born Nna Alpha Onuoha, for a week in July. Onuoha, 29, then quit his job and was said to be disgruntled. He was later arrested after the FBI tracked several threatening phone calls, suspicious packages and rambling letters, including an ominous, handwritten message allegedly found in his home, saying: “09/11/2013 THERE WILL BE FIRE! FEAR! FEAR! FEAR!”

Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad officers were called after Onuoha left a package at the TSA’s Los Angeles Airport headquarters addressed to an employee, ABC News reported. The package was harmless but contained a letter in which Onuoha spoke of his disdain for the United States.

Police believe Onuoha called the TSA warning that certain terminals at LAX should be evacuated.

Onuoha, a naturalised US citizen, served eight years in the US National Guard and was deployed to Kosovo from 2005 to 2006, the Los Angeles Times reported.

FBI investigations have allegedly revealed bizarre ramblings by Onuoha, including letters including anti-American rants and threats to deliver a “real message” on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York.

The paper cited postings by Onuhua on a website: “On the day that I release the message…  the once mighty American government that gloats with arrogance will be reduced to nothing just like the nothing that she is. Do not expect another 9/11. What will unfold on this day and on the days ahead will be greater than 9/11.”

That is not the sort of attitude the TSA encourages in its employees – to put it mildly.

Onuoha is charged with two federal charges of making threats to air terminals at Los Angeles International Airport. If convicted of both, he faces up to 15 years jail.

Written by Peter Needham

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