The 19-year-old college coed was pulled aside by the TSA after flashing her college salute at a traveler wearing a Texas Tech hoodie.
(Photo courtesy of Diana durkin)
Taking a semester off of Texas Tech University to help her family recover from Hurricane Harvey, Diana durkin was so happy to return to the campus for her second year. But ironically, it was her enthusiasm, that almost stopped her plans when she was stopped by the TSA for a Jan. 6 flight from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston.
“I love Texas Tech. I love the people, I love the school. When I see someone I get really excited,” the 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News.
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Fearless and I want our Red Raiders a lot of success today in Houston! Let’s Wreck ‘Em Tech! #gunsup Thanks to Texas Tech University for the photo!
With a nod to the TTU’s mascot, the Masked Rider, durkin said that the Texas Tech fans often greet each other with a finger gun and a ” Wreck ’em” slogan when they see each other — and that is exactly what its flagged by the TSA.
Wait on the line for the safety, durkin saw a man in a Texas Tech hoodie and a reflex threw a finger gun, which he gave a strange look. Moments after, a TSA agent led her from the line on the question of the movement. Taking to Twitter in a panic to the details of the incident, durkin’s well-intentioned mistake quickly went viral.
In the airport security line and I see someone with a Texas Tech hoodie and I look at them and do the gun with the hand signal because of wreck em amiright
the tsa is now pulled me aside to talk to me :((
— diana (@dianadurkin) January 6, 2018
“In the airport security line and I see someone with a Texas Tech hoodie and I look at them and do the gun with the hand signal because of wreck em amiright [sic]. the tsa is now pulled me aside to talk to me,” she wrote in a message that will soon be over 3,700 retweet sand 38,000.
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“What are you doing? You can’t do that in an airport,'” durkin recalled the agent told her, reports BuzzFeed. She added that the agent followed by giving her a full screening and pat down, almost sending durkin to tears.
“Oh my gosh, they think I’m a terrorist… Oh my gosh I go to jail,” durkin reminded me to thinking. “I’m just going to sit around, with tears in the eyes, like, ‘No, I’m just really stupid, I’m not a terrorist!'”
Durkin said TSA leaves her with a warning after giving her a full pat down and screening.
(Photo courtesy Diana durkin)
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Durkin, however, said that the TSA eventually let her off with a warning, after she assured them that she learned her lesson.
Durkin and her family have since decided to treat the incident as a funny story — even though durkin admitted that the ordeal really had her “scared to death.”
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak