Airport worker fired over nasty note
A security guard working at a New York airport is out of a job after inexplicably handing a traveller a note that read "You ugly!!!" after the man passed through a screening checkpoint.
Earlier this week, surveillance video of the bizarre encounter hit Twitter in a minute-long clip, Fox News reported.
In late June, traveller Neal Strassner was passing through Greater Rochester International Airport when an unnamed female security guard, contracted to work at the airport, gave him a handwritten note on a small slip of cardboard that read "You ugly!!!," Rochester First reports.
UPDATE: The airport security employee has been fired, according to TSA. Here's the video of the employee passing the mean note, laughing about it, and reaching for more paper to begin writing again. #ROC pic.twitter.com/wXLcD8aLwz— News 8 - WROC-TV (@News_8) August 15, 2019
Mr Strassner told the outlet that he passed through the checkpoint without issue, took the odd note from the worker and kept walking. She reportedly called after him, asking "You going to open the note?" he said.
Seconds later, she burst out laughing, as seen in the surveillance footage.
Mr Strassner recently got a hold of the security clip through a Freedom of Information request.
The man claims the rude stunt didn't upset him, but similar antics could easily offend others.
"You never really know where somebody is in their day or their head," he told ABC 13.
"The more you think about it, the more you realise it's easier to smile than to do this."
Mr Strassner thinks that the stunt was not an isolated incident.
"At the end of the video I requested, she literally just takes a pen out of her pocket and starts writing another one," he said.
"So, I know I wasn't the only guy that got one."
Social media commenters didn't find the woman's trick to be quite so funny and quickly condemned her actions as "terrible."
"What is wrong with people," one user said.
"I don't know if she needed to be fired but this is cruel, unprovoked, unprofessional, and appears to be a big game," another wrote. "I am pretty sure your tune would change if a waiter wrote you're ugly on the bill. I am sure you are a nice lady but enough with the sense of humour angle."
I don’t know if she needed to be fired but this is cruel, unprovoked, unprofessional, and appears to be a big game. I am pretty sure your tune would change if a waiter wrote you’re ugly on the bill. I am sure you are a nice lady but enough with the sense of humor angle— Mark (@mbubb1213) August 16, 2019
What is wrong with people— Michael Obi (@michaelobi2017) August 16, 2019
Terrible !— ka08 (@KA09_08) August 15, 2019
When contacted for comment, reps for the Transportation Security Administration told Fox News the screener was fired for her actions, adding that the woman was working at the Rochester airport for a contractor and was not a federal employee.
"TSA holds contractors to the highest ethical standards and has zero tolerance for this type of behaviour," the spokesperson said.
"This instance, which involved a contract employee, was investigated immediately upon receiving the complaint by the traveller. The employee has since been terminated by the contractor."
This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission