Will Vitter’s airport tantrum cost him?

Apparently the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will be looking into “Sen. David Vitter‘s much-reported decision to open the closed gateway door to his plane — even though he was warned against it by an airline worker.”

Roll Call first reported that Vitter, a Louisiana Republican known to the wider Washington world for showing up in the phone records of the DC madam, set off the security alarm Thursday when he tried to board a United Airlines flight from Washington Dulles to New Orleans. Vitter arrived at the gate 20 minutes before departure, and having been denied access to the plane, spiraled into what Roll Call called a “timeworn ‘do-you-know-who-I-am’ tirade” that “grew quite heated.” He set off the security alarm when he opened the door, a spy told the paper.

Well, apparently this ‘incident’ may not be over..

A spokeswoman at the airport authority that runs Dulles Airport told the Times-Picayune that she doubts a police report was filed about the incident, and the airline did not comment on the report.

But Gaches told On Call that TSA can look into the Vitter event even if a police report was not filed.

There could be a fine involved..

The TSA Enforcement Sanction Guidance Policy, which may or may not apply in this case, specifies that a $2,500-$6,000 fine could be instituted for “tampering or interfering with, compromising, modifying, attempting to circumvent, or causing a person to tamper or interfere with, compromise, modify or attempt to circumvent any security system, measure, or procedure.” A $1,000 to $3,000 fine could be levied for “entering or being present within a secured area, AOA (Airport Operations Area), SIDA (Security Identification Display Area), or sterile area without complying with the systems measures or procedures being applied to control access to, or presence or movement in, such areas.”

Oops…. Perhaps anger management classes may be in order…

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2 thoughts on “Will Vitter’s airport tantrum cost him?

  1. Bugman Tom Delay: “I *am* the Federal government”

    Senator Widestance: “Do you know who I am?”

    Senator John: “Do you know I am?”

    What was that excellent article about the conservative/liberal split – the one where the conservatives crave authority?

  2. We could hope for a large fine and a ban on airline travel for one year, along with community service. Something along the line of dressing in drag and working as a decoy on a prostitution sting.

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