TSA screener charged with harassment and assault

TSA screener Christopher Wilkie would seem to be a walking time bomb.

The 43-year-old was arraigned in court yesterday in Connecticut for allegedly hitting his 75-year-old mother. This came a day after he was charged with a different crime — harassing and threatening his psychiatrist. Wilkie is a TSA agent at JFK International Airport in New York.

According to his arrest warrant affidavit, Wilkie was waiting when his psychiatrist pulled into his office at about 6:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. An agitated Wilkie, who had a 7 a.m. appointment with the psychiatrist, nearly pulled him out of his car window by his shirt, saying, “You are out to get me. I will get you and your daughter. In another situation I would have killed you. My people are coming to give you your instructions tomorrow,” the warrant states.

. . . In videos, Wilkie can be seen using shirts to cover three surveillance cameras in the parking garage before the attack, the warrant said. They also show Wilkie taping a note to his psychiatrist’s door, saying “I am on to you, you (expletive deleted) punk.”

Later that day, Wilkie made seven phone calls to the psychiatrist’s office, making harassing and threatening statements to the staff, the warrant said.

And see what else Wilkie might’ve been up to:

Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Steven Weiss said Wilkie has been a TSA screener for nine years and he was concerned because Wilkie had reportedly been planning on getting a gun.

Obviously, it sounds like this man has serious mental problems, and I hope he gets help for them. This post isn’t to make fun of those problems. The point is to ask, again, from whom are we more in danger at the airport, John and Jane Q. Citizen, or TSA agents?

  • Yeah, I have a feeling someone’s going to write a blog post about all of these things, at some point.

  • NotaSheep

    This is chilling. With what happened in Connecticut and Colorado, this needs to be taken seriously. I really worry about the mental health of TSA employees. It’s only a matter of time before one snaps.

    • Daisiemae

      Most of them are pretty broken already. They don’t have far to go.