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Drunk Man Pretends To Be TSA Agent, Gropes Two Women

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A drunk man was arrested at San Francisco International Airport for allegedly posing as a TSA agent, taking two women to private booths and patting them down.

The 53-year-old man, who was not identified, was caught taking passengers to an unauthorized area on Tuesday.

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Authorities say he started drinking at an airport lounge hours earlier.

Police said he was wearing khakis and a blue shirt, which could be mistaken for a TSA uniform. He had swiped a pair of latex gloves.

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He took one woman to a private booth, patted her down and then she left to catch a flight. He then approached another woman to take her to a private screening area.

Even TSA staff thought he was an agent.

Security didn’t intervene until they say the second woman leaving the booth and wondered why a male agent was in a booth with a woman without a female agent present.

Security detained the man until police arrived.

He was charged on suspicion of public drunkenness and additional charges may be pending.

"They will be (investigating) this for a week," a law enforcement source told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Someone has to pay for this."

Sources: San Francisco Chronicle, New York Daily News

Image credit: Ray Andrews