Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Transportation Security Administration screener at John F Kennedy International Airport (KJFK) 'hurled hot coffee at American Airlines pilot who told her to stop swearing'

An airport security worker was arrested after throwing a cup of hot coffee over a pilot who told her to stop swearing.

TSA screener Lateisha El, 30, was in the middle of a conversation with work colleagues at a JFK Airport terminal when she was interrupted by the American Airlines pilot.

Off-duty airman Steven Trivett, 54, was exiting terminal 8 when he overheard El swearing and asked her to tone down the profanity.

Trivett, of Butler, Tennessey, told them they should 'conduct themselves more professionally in uniform and not use profanity or the n-word,' according to the New York Post.

One TSA screener told Trivett to 'mind his own business' and swore at him.

Trivett then identified himself as a 'TSA officer' - an armed pilot - before trying to grab the ID tags of screener El to get her name.

But Port Authority police sources told the newspaper that El responded by hurling a 'full cup' cup of hot coffee over the pilot.

Trivett was not seriously injured. El, of Brooklyn’s East New York, was charged with harassment and misdemeanor-assault for the incident at 5am on March 28.

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