Being accused of threatening to blow up your workplace is bad enough. But when
your workplace happens to be a security checkpoint at an international airport,
expect to be taken seriously - especially these days.
The Hartford Courant reports that Wayne T. Salvadore, a federal screener at
Bradley International Airport in suburban Hartford, has been charged with second-degree
threatening and second-degree breach of peace. According to a police affidavit,
Salvadore was helping passengers load carry-on baggage into an X-ray scanner
when he became embroiled in a dispute with a colleague with whom he'd had a
history of conflict. At one point, two other screeners heard Salvadore use an
obscenity and say, "He thinks it's funny, but they won't think it's funny
when I come back and blow this ... checkpoint up."
The screeners reported the remark to a state trooper, adding that it had been
made within hearing of passengers preparing to board planes, according to the
In addition to being arrested, Salvadore was fired, the Courant reports. Dana
Cosgrove, director of the Transportation Security Administration for Bradley
and two other Connecticut airports, told the newspaper that the "zero tolerance"
policy for idle statements about guns or bombs at airports goes double for employees
charged with protecting the traveling public.
The Hartford Courant