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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Possibly Drunk Dude Poses as TSA Screener at SFO, Pats Down Female Passengers (Update)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Update, 1:32 p.m. Suspected drunk imposter screener Eric Slighton was reportedly carrying business cards from Atkis Capitol Singapore at the time of his arrest, the Chron reports. Google trails suggest he is a wealthy banker.

Update, 1:34 p.m.: According to the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, Eric Slighton was released from the county jail last night after signing a promise to appear in court for his arraignment on August 18, 2014 in the Redwood City courthouse.

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A 53 year-old man pretending to be an airport security guard was luring two women into a "private booth" for pat-downs when real security guards caught him, the Chron reports.

The man -- who police identified as 53 year-old Eric Slighton -- was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of public drunkenness. He was reportedly wearing blue gloves, of the type you might see in a surgery room or crime scene investigation -- or on the hands of a TSA security officer.

His victims couldn't be located.

TSA issued an official statement this morning, saying only that it is aware of the incident and that it is cooperating with law enforcement. The investigation, meanwhile, is being handled by San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

Meanwhile, airport travelers are worrying about their own security. Journalists are worrying that our complaisance in airports has wreaked havoc on common sense. Evidently, the blue-gloved suspect didn't provoke questions from his two victims. And he somehow gained access to a private security room supposedly being overseen by Covenant, the airport's contract security firm.

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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