Chris Yves Dabel found a canister of pepper spray near Terminal 2 at JFK International Airport. Dabel mistook the pepper spray for a laser pointer and ended up injuring his coworkers.
The screener sprayed five other TSA agents around him, sending all six to Jamaica Hospital and halting security checks at Kennedy for at least 15 minutes, police said.
No passengers reported injuries. Dabel refused medical attention.
TSA officials scrambled to keep the embarrassing incident under wraps yesterday — until The Post began inquiring about it, a source said.
These are the high quality folks that are providing “security” for you and me. Oh, and the TSA had its own laughable response to the situation.
A spokesperson for the TSA gave us this statement: “Yesterday morning, out of an abundance of caution, six TSA officers at JFK Airport were transported to a local hospital after being exposed to pepper spray. Officers were examining an abandoned item to determine its contents and to move it out of harm’s way when it accidentally discharged. Travelers and other airport employees were not exposed to the spray.”
Nothing to see here folks. Move along now.