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DCA Incident at Reagan National Airport

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Transportation Security Administration is denying allegations that an airport screener seized a toddler's sippy cup and mistreated his mother, taking the unusual step of posting security camera footage on its Web site.

The TSA said in a statement that the incident and the videotape demonstrate that its "officers display professionalism and concern for all passengers."

At issue is whether Monica Emmerson, a former Secret Service officer, was improperly detained June 11 after she spilled water out of her child's sippy cup at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

TSA has banned most fluids at airport security checkpoints for nearly a year because of concern about possible liquid explosives.

"I was distraught. I opened my son's sippy cup. I twisted off the top. I wanted to drink the water. It spilled out," Emmerson said Saturday.

Emmerson said an officer threatened to arrest her after the water spilled, telling her she was "endangering the public." She said there was no place to dump the water near the security area, and that she was worried when her son started wandering away from her.

He wrote that a TSA screener seized her 19-month-old's cup after asking if there was water in it, causing Emmerson's son to cry. Emmerson was told she would have to leave the security checkpoint and dump out the water if she wanted to keep the cup.

Emmerson said she accidentally spilled the water because she was nervous and traveling alone with a toddler.

TSA, however, said Emmerson dumped, not spilled, the water on the floor.

A TSA report said Emmerson told an officer that she was a Secret Service agent, flashed her credentials and said she was exempt from the "stupid" policy restricting liquids on planes.

But Emmerson denied that she flashed her badge, saying the video footage shows her digging in her luggage for identification.

"That's a gross lie," she said.

The video shows Emmerson being escorted from the security checkpoint as she appears to take the top off the sippy cup and shake it upside down.

It also shows that after she was confronted by several officers, she used paper towels fetched by the TSA to clean up the spot as other passengers stream by her.

"The allegation here that we were out of control is absolutely false," said Earl Morris, deputy assistant administrator for security operations with the TSA. "If you look at the report and the video itself, it shows she's the only one who was out of control."

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  • Sippy cups are the wave of the future.

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  • Boring couldn t make it passed 25 seconds

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  • What I see are over cellist security personnel, since there is no recording that can be heard, I would side on an air of caution with Ms. DOE. In this video you do see this small child that accompanied Ms. DOE.I would question the poster of this video, how and why this was released here on liveleak. Also was there an internal investigation of security procedures. There is just to much information , not provided to make accusation on either side, why I would air more toward Ms. DOE, is she is see More..

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  • It still looks like harrasement to me, whether she copped an attitude or not. Also what TSA does not disclose is that they are run by, and hire nothing but minority lowlifes. They have even hired people with prior felony convictions! This is the same organization that turned down an applicant years ago who had great resume, with the military experience & credentials to board a U.S. nuclear submarine. So WTF is up with the TSA?

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  • Here's the deal........... That is the area where people that have already flown on the plane are departing the secure area and heading for the baggage claim. This isn't the controlled area where people are heading to board a plane! I was in this airport 6 hours ago so I know what I'm talking about in terms of where this is. The tippe cup wasn't full until she went into the secure area and it was fulled with an approved liquid from an approved vendor. This is going to blow up in TSA's face due t More..

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  • what a joke, try looking at all the people walking past while they stop a mother and child ffs. Argh they drive me mad, what a stupid place to stop someone who is supposedly a flaming security risk!

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  • Any news with the words "sippy cup" in it is stupid.

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  • mrgray: "how many "officers" does it take to harass a woman and her baby? How many does it take to watch the terrorist? none, no one is watching them, they all too busy harassing a mother and her toddler. Come on you fking morons! have fking common sense. fking idiots. "
    Totally agree 100%. Someone needs a demotion. Maybe FEMA needs some workers. >_<

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  • One last argument would be, if this infant child was seen drinking out of this sippy cup, one could assume that if this were actually any type of threatening substance that TSA would have aired on the side of caution and maybe called paramedics or medically qualified personnel to the scene.

    Yes, I know their are terrorist who wouldn't think twice, strapping explosives to a child. In this case, from illegally released documents, TSA acknowledges they were aware that Ms. Doe had secret service c More..

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  • POWER TRIP BY THE RENT-A-COP...No need for all that bull over a sippy cup--------

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  • For those of defending the TSA, here's a question: How many white women with $300 strollers and a toddler are carrying TATP? Pretty simple question. ZERO, ZIP, NADA....... Even a burka clad woman with a kid sipping on a Tippie cup wouldn't alert someone with some common sense. Not these knuckleheads. This is what you get in D.C. The people trying to recruit these agents have to compete with Wal Mart for their services. Need I say more? Morons!!!

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  • Psycho: "Got to love the people who don't think a terrorist will take a baby with them on a suicide mission. No one thought they were going to ram 3 planes into american buildings either and kill over 3,000 innocent civilians. What about the dude who put explosives in his sneakers that tried to light them off? What about those guys planning an attack on fort dix? What about people dieing every single day around the world thanks to terrorism.

    America is lucky we haven't had anymore attacks even though there were attacks planned that were stopped. "
    R More..

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  • if that video about the woman and her baby shows anything it shows TSA employees messing around on the job and not paying attention to any kind of detail

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  • black guy was victimising the woman, then he called security-these people started it not the woman...notice the other woman security guard on the right, bouncing around, bored out of her two watt mind...she play fights with a steward going past-then the black guy looks at her as it to say, ha we fried this bitches ass! horrible lowest scum work in these positions-they have absolutely no power outside the airport as they are intellectually weak and arguementative..these people howver are crud eno More..

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  • piece of sh-t tsa gaurds...no common sense what so ever...I would sue these idiots that barely passed high school.....

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  • You cant bring water bottles inside the security lane but they sell'em on the BAR before you get inside the plane.
    You cant bring sodas or liquids inside the plane but you can ask for wine and whiskey on the plane.

    And i love when they offer 1st class meals metal knifes and forks...

    non sense all this pseudo air security.

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  • FUCK THE TSA. STUPID BITCHES

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  • whoever posted this is a moron... how bout splicing the fuckin film so we dont have to look at a boring silent film for 10 hours. Idiot.

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  • Jaryn: "if that video about the woman and her baby shows anything it shows TSA employees messing around on the job and not paying attention to any kind of detail"
    Exactly. I mean, what the hell did they see other than her while they were screwing around with a freakin sippy cup. lol!!!!

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  • what a stupid bitch. i hate it when people go above their head just because they're upper class or in positions of power. so what she's secret service--still gotta obey the rules like every other nobody in the queue! i once queued behind this gorgeous looking woman at an airport. i think she was a model of some sort. she gave the check in guy lots of shit because of the way he handled her lap-top and made her take her boots off for inspection. basically she wasn't used to be told what to do so s More..

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  • I think it's the kid here whose the most dangerous. Those toddlers are capable of doing anything, could bring the whole place down. They should detain the kid first, and let the mother go. Find out what the kid thinks he/she was doing there in the first place, how he or she came into this world, and what he/she what may be hidding in his or her sippy cup. They should be more aware, the toddlers are able and likely to smack them over the head with the sippy cup, even by mistake. They should More..

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  • Meanwhile, as the morons at the TSA went about harrassing White women with children, Mexicans walked over the border without the slightest difficulty.

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  • TSA RULES ARE STUPID. WANT TO TAKE LIQUID ON A PLAN? PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET. THEY DO NOT LOOK THERE

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  • KILL ALL islamo fascist ragheads, hell nuke them! Then take out North Korea. What the heck, take over the world and we can screw this stupid airport security sh*t!

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  • It's a stupid rule and it always has been a stupid rule... If you wanted to bring in a flammable liquid you could strap a vacuum sealed bag to your body with duct tape... It's kind of like finger nail clippers if you wanted a weapon all you would have to do is strap a sharpened wooden stick to your body that would be as effective as a box cutter... We just can't live in fear or let fear get the best of us...

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