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This drunk executive impersonated a TSA agent and gave women pat-downs

Who is screening the screeners?


Aaron Sankin

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 17, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 10:44 pm CDT

Early Tuesday afternoon, a 53-year-old man, dressed like a TSA agent in khaki pants, a blue polo shirt, and rubber gloves, allegedly began directing women to a private screening room at San Francisco International Airport.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the man is Eric McLean Slighton, a partner at private equity firm Aktis Capital Singapore. The financier is a dual resident of San Francisco and Hong Kong, a Princeton graduate, and the son of a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury.

Slighton was arrested for public drunkenness. Police say Slighton had passed through security and had been drinking in an airport bar for several hours before attempting to target female passengers. TSA investigators are currently searching for other victims in an effort to see if they can press additional charges. 

Airport officials told the Chronicle that bystanders saw Slighton take one woman into the room. After she left to catch an international flight, Slighton attempted to bring in another woman. At that point, the real TSA agents figured something was up: Male security officers aren’t allowed to conduct searches of female passengers without, at the very least, having a female officer present.

Slighton’s offense could reach beyond public drunkenness. Authorities said Slighton could be booked on false-imprisonment charges as well—and even more, if investigators are able to find the alleged victims.

H/T San Francisco Chronicle | Photo by Håkan Dahlström/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Jul 17, 2014, 4:10 pm CDT