Rolando Negrin was Miami International Airport's guinea pig during an employee training session on full-body scanning equipment last year. The machines have the unintended side effect of giving a rough determination of the size of things underneath your clothes. Apparently, Negrin didn't measure up (hey, maybe he's a grower, not a shower), and his co-workers teased him about his apparent shortcomings.
Negrin's rage brewed for about a year, and on Tuesday night, he snapped. He allegedly had a confrontation with a co-worker in an employee parking lot that night and proceeded to beat him with a baton. He told police "he could not take the jokes anymore and lost his mind."
Negrin was waiting for the victim in the parking lot after work and wanted to talk to him about matters of "respect" in the victim's car. He wouldn't let Negrin in. That's when Negrin took a baton (interesting choice of phallic weapon) and began to hit him on the back and arms.
Negrin then demanded the witness kneel down and say, "I'm sorry." The victim complied and then sped off in his vehicle. Negrin was arrested the next day, and the victim plans to press charges.
A TSA spokesman tells the Miami Herald that Negrin has been suspended and an investigation is ongoing.
Miami International Airport was one of the early adapters of the controversial full-body scanning machines that leave very little to the imagination. In lieu of a strip search, the machines use millimeter wave scanning technology to map out a rough image of a person's body to determine if someone is carrying contraband.
Originally, the machines were meant to be used only on suspect passengers, but the TSA has begun to use them routinely on regular travelers as well.
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