TSA Screeners Encounter Terrorist At Checkpoint, Not Sure What To Do Paul May 23, 2012 News 25 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: TAMPA, FL – Life is pretty simple for a Transportation Security Officer at Tampa International Airport. The work of screening passengers is often tedious — checking identification cards, reminding travelers to remove shoes, and looking at X-Ray screens for hours. But last Wednesday that all changed for Officer Bob Hammond. “Every day I come in and have a routine. I usually show up at least 15 minutes late. My supervisor usually chews me out for a bit, but I know it doesn’t matter,” he says, “Federal means you ain’t getting fired.” Hammond sees the typical passengers. “We need to tell them to move quickly, remove the laptops, that sort of thing.” Every once in a while, the routine is mixed up. “Since we got these new full body scanners, there have been some folks refusing, so that means we do a pat-down. We also try to search what our agency has determined are ‘high-risk flyers’ — children, military members in dress uniform, grandmothers in wheelchairs, and Senator Rand Paul.” Despite the occasional hiccup, Hammond had his routine down pat. On Wednesday however, Hammond encountered something he — nor any other TSA Officer had ever seen before — an actual terrorist. Officer Bill Gibson was on the rotation for identification and boarding pass check that day. “His name was Amad Shah Rabil. He had a large, baggy coat on. His ticket didn’t quite look right, and he had a big bulge from his chest area,” said Gibson. “Of course, we don’t want to profile Arabs or anything — we need to be fair to everyone. That’s why I marked up the 85-year old woman behind him for an extra pat-down. Her walker and courteous demeanor aroused my suspicions.” At the time, Officer Hammond was conducting a routine strip search of two four-year old children when his attention was drawn to the passenger standing beside them. He then made eye contact with Rabil. “He seemed very friendly. He had a well-groomed, red beard. He was wearing some “Death To America” button on his coat.. I don’t know, I thought it was a heavy metal band.” Hammond described the rest of the passenger’s attire in detail. “He was wearing a man-dress [known in the Middle East as a thawb] and a towel on his head [or keffiyeh],” said Hammond, but what really drew his attention to the man was “the large vest he was wearing with dynamite sticking out of it [koomabala kabiera].” Hammond ultimately made the decision to pull him aside because of his one-way ticket. Upon further questioning by TSA officers, the man admitted he planned to blow up an aircraft. “We initially thought this was some kind of prank,” said Hammond, “like Sacha Baron Cohen or Jackass, but after a few hours of him explaining his plot, we stopped laughing. At that point we asked him to take off his suicide vest.” An X-Ray of Mr. Rabil’s shoes revealed the presence of plastic explosives, which Hammond described as ‘mind-boggling’. “Who knew our stuff could actually detect explosives. I thought the whole shoe-removal thing was some type of hygiene activity.” Later, for what he describes as “shits and giggles”, Hammond had Mr. Rabil walk through one of the airport’s full body scanners, or “naked lady machine” as he called it, which further confirmed the presence of explosives on Rabil. Rabil is currently being held in the Tampa USO Lounge under guard by an Army PFC until they can figure out what they are supposed to do with him next. Duffel Blog Investigative Reporter G-Had also contributed to this report. Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/fFdkh Edward Maher says: April 19, 2014 at 4:09 PM Damn selfish terrorists, disrupting the TSA routine with their silly hijinks. David May says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Ah the TSA. Josh Clausen says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Ahhhh… the life of a TSA agent! Jason D Sousley says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM If they have medals for bravery this team deserves one! Shawn J Bergin II says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM One of the best ones yet, its up there with the beard. Pepe Tandazo says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Lol Walt Miller says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM BRILLIANT! David A Applegate says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM this one isn’t even satire… Linda Sue Lawson says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM I’m pretty sure that’s the same TSA guy who made my 92 yr, old mother get out of her wheelchair and take off her shoes at TIA. Is he asleep or is his neck broken? Hope its the latter. Good thing he didn’t check her knitting needles. Josh Noble says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM He’s drinking my goddam juice box in my USO lounge? Ervikar Von Glocken says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM See I can’t believe this article… the TSA officers are depicted as being far too competent. Colt Hubbell says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Worked for the Spartans. Colt Hubbell says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM That is a little to realistic. John Donley says: April 16, 2014 at 2:09 AM Typical TSA…lol PFC Fuckstick says: October 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM Hey, is satire? I couldn’t tell so I decided that instead of using reasoning I’d just ask in the comments, but really I’m just being sarcastic and baiting for someone to go “OF COURSE IT’S SATIRE YOU FUCKING BOOT” crazyc says: October 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM god do people still not know this is a satire website. Everyone should have heard of TBD by now. i mean its the most important thing to come about during my lifetime. SGT T says: October 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM But that is half the fun of this site is when people take it seriously. D says: October 13, 2012 at 1:48 AM i have to agree with you on that D says: October 11, 2012 at 12:31 AM So i just saw this on facebook and thought it was real then i saw it was the duffel blog Speedy says: July 30, 2012 at 3:10 AM Are you sure? ARE YOU REALLY SURE???? Come on, look at it. It has a photo and is online with a reporter’s name and eveything… that must mean it is true. TheXenocide says: May 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM If only this were true enough to have source and additional documentation I would share it with everyone. EnderWiggin says: May 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM It’s satire, ya twat.