Drunken man poses as airport security screener, gives women pat-downs
SAN FRANCISCO — A man posed as an airport security screener at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday and directed at least two women into a private booth for pat-downs before security staffers caught on to him, according to SFGate.com.
The 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of public drunkeness around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Wesley Matsuura of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office told SFGate.
The man was not identified.
Airport law enforcement sources told SFGate the incident started when the man entered the security area wearing khaki pants, a blue polo shirt and blue rubber gloves, an outfit that could have easily been mistaken for the outfit worn by Covenant, a private security firm at the airport.
Without saying much, the man apparently steered a woman into one of the private screening booths.
The second time he attempted to direct a woman into the booth, security agents caught on because male agents are prohibited from taking women into booths for pat-downs.
The TSA is investigating.