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27 Mar, 2013 22:57

New York City TSA agent pepper-sprays five coworkers

New York City TSA agent pepper-sprays five coworkers

Six Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents were sent to the hospital Tuesday after one of them accidentally pepper-sprayed his coworkers at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.

Agent Chris Yves Dabel found the canister near JFK Terminal 2, thinking it was a laser pointer, according to the New York Post. Dabel told police he was “playing around” with the canister when it discharged.

No passengers were hurt, but security checks were put on hold for 15 minutes. Dabel refused medical attention.

The incident comes at a time when the TSA has been struggling to repair its reputation in the wake of a report that undercover agents were able pass would-be bombs through security at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport. One secret inspector had a fake improvised explosive device in his pants but went undetected through a magnetometer and even a pat-down check. An IED of the size he carried would have been able to blow a hole in a commercial plane.