A TSA agent at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport is accused of making a terroristic threat while on the job.
Jeno Mouton, 35, was working his shift and was in his uniform when he made the threat on Monday, Jan. 25, according to court documents.
Mouton has been a TSA agent at Bush Airport for more than five years.
Houston police say Mouton was heard raising his voice, using curse words and making a scene in the security area of Terminal C.
Investigators say his supervisor told him to calm down, and that’s when the threat was made.
According to court documents, Mouton was heard saying he would "rather vent than to come back and shoot up the place."
"When you want to fly somewhere, you want to get there safe, and airport security is safe," said passenger Rodrigo Stabio. "When you hear things like that, it makes you double-think flying."
Police say Mouton made the threat more than once, including in front of Human Resources personnel.
Investigators say after the threat, Mouton was told to report to HR. His ID badge and access cards were immediately revoked.
Authorities say Mouton was told that he could no longer go on airport property at IAH; however, a co-worker told authorities that the next day she saw Mouton on "the secure side" of the terminal wearing plain clothes.
Court documents state Mouton has a current Texas concealed handgun license.
Charges against Mouton were filed Friday. He was arrested over the weekend.
The TSA sent Local 2 a statement which read:
“TSA does not tolerate unethical or criminal behavior and is in the process of terminating this employee. TSA is cooperating fully with the ongoing police investigation.”