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Six hospitalized after TSA agent attacks others with pepper spray

By Mason White 5:04 AM March 29, 2013
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By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) Six people were hospitalized after an airport security agent attacked them with pepper spray, according to press reports in New York.

The incident happened when a TSA agent allegedly accidentally pepper sprayed five counterparts at John F Kennedy International Airport.

The irritant substance that is intended to be directed to the face, can cause extreme eye irritation, sent six airport security inspectors to the hospital.

The agent, Chris Yves Dabel, discovered the can at the Terminal 2 security checkpoint and tried to determine if it was real, a witness told a New York based newspaper.

The witness said that the TSA agent who found the can on the floor thought it was a laser pointer.
“They were playing around with it,” a John F Kennedy International Airport official said.

The TSA however said in a statement that the agent was being professional, not playful. “Officers were examining the abandoned object, to determine its contents and to get out of danger when it accidentally fired,” the TSA said. “No traveler was injured,” the TSA also said.

“I just laugh when I think about this incident. How can a TSA agent not know the difference between a laser pointer and a pepper spray can?” Scott Hyman, a traveler at John F Kennedy International Airport told
The embarrassing incident led to the closure of the security checkpoint for 15 minutes.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view