An employee of the Transportation Security Administration, the bloated and troubling agency tasked with protecting American airports in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been arrested for making unspecified threats against Los Angeles International Airport. As previously reported on PolicyMic, this very same TSA agent was responsible for harassing a teenage girl during a security screening a few months ago.
Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29 and originally from Nigeria, was arrested Tuesday night after allegedly making threats against LAX terminals following his resignation as a security screener with the TSA. Onuoha was reprimanded after a public backlash for harassing 15-year-old Sarina Frauenfelder as she made her way through security at LAX in June. According to the FBI, Onuaha had been a TSA screener at LAX since 2006 but was recently suspended from his position.
This week, the disgruntled ex-agent left a suspicious package at the airport and made threatening phone calls to airport security, ordering the police to evacuate several terminals. The threats caused police to clear and search terminals at the airport and use a bomb squad robot to search Onuoha's vehicle and apartment.
In Onuoha's apartment, investigators found several threatening notes, including one that alluded to Tuesday's 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
According to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Onuoha is an Army veteran who lives in a shelter for ex-soldiers near the airport. No harmful materials were found at the former TSA agent's apartment or at LAX. The officers did uncover an eight-page letter that Onuoha wrote to express disdain for the United States. On August 25, Onuoha also wrote the following on a website: "Do not expect another 9/11. What will unfold on this day and on the days ahead will be greater than 9/11."
The incident, coupled with the anniversary, has caused local police to increase security around Los Angeles-area airports. Onuoha is in FBI custody and has not yet been formally charged.