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December 06, 2002

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 affidavit.

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.

Source: The Hartford Courant

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