Look, I’ll admit that I’ve caught a few Z’s while on the clock – I mean who hasn’t. That is, unless you’re a airplane pilot cautious enough so as to not overshoot your next airport landing for 150 miles, of course. But in my case, I was cautious so as to not make it as obvious as the woman in the picture above. That woman just so happens to be a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) employee at LaGuardia Airport in New York City last week.
Forget about catching terrorists. This airport security agent was too busy catching some Z’s.
“I was shocked,” Turco, 35, said, of the 8:15 a.m. encounter. “I’ve never seen a Department of Homeland Security official sleeping inside an airport.”
After rising from her seat, the groggy employee immediately joined her colleagues who were performing secondary security checks at the gate, Turco said.
Turco was flummoxed by what he witnessed.
“In light of their recent follies, it just seemed that a federal agency beleaguered by bad news of late should probably worry about their image a little more,” said Turco, founder and editor-in-chief of the counter-culture magazine Animal.
“To be fair, she could have been on a break. But you don’t go to a precinct and see a police officer sleeping at their desk.”
Turco posted the picture on his Web site. Someone sent a link to TSA officials Tuesday and the worker was immediately interviewed, an agency spokeswoman said.
The guard was put on desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation.
“We recognize that our officers have very demanding jobs that require constant vigilance and hours on their feet,” TSA spokeswoman Ann Davis said.
“But nonetheless, it was completely inappropriate for her to rest in a public area while on her break as opposed to a nearby break room.” (source)