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Airport Screener Attacks Co-worker for Joking About Small Penis

| by Chris Scalise Opposing Views

A Miami International Airport federal security screener has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a co-worker with an expandable police baton, the Miami Herald reports.

Rolando Negrin told police he couldn't take the jokes anymore and simply "lost his mind" after having to endure daily comments from co-workers about the small size of his genitalia.

According to the Miami Herald, Negrin's private body parts were observed by his colleagues who were using the airport's full-body imaging machine for training purposes. As a result, Negrin faced months of jokes and crude comments until finally, on Tuesday night, he became fed up and attacked co-worker Hugo Osorno in the airport parking lot.

According to the Herald, "the agitated screener forced Osorno to his knees and made him apologize before whacking him on the back and arms with the baton."

This case once again raises the issue of full body scanners and whether they present privacy violations. Florida ACLU Director Howard Simon referred to the scanning procedure as an "electronic strip search" in a statement to the Herald and has called on the government seek out less invasive technologies.

"Ribbing and fighting among TSA workers -- it's a sad story. It's an unnecessary story,'' Simon told the Herald. "The government is being seduced by new technology."

Negrin has been suspended pending an internal inquiry. On Wednesday he posted $7,500 bond, and is charged with aggravated battery.