Michael S. Lasseter, of Gainesville, Georgia, is the first winner of the coveted ISBL Asshat Of The Week, for this, our first week in 2010.
Doesn't sound familiar? Hmmm, an anti-gay politician? No. A child molesting priest? Not him. A dim-witted religious zealot preaching to the rest of us while cheating on his wife? I don't think so.
Michal Lasseter simply forgot his camera bag and didn't want to miss his flight. Or the football game he was heading to see. Yup, sometimes that's all it takes. But when Lasseter noticed the bag missing, while he was waiting to board a flight out of Atlanta, he decided to run past two security guards and down an up escalator, and then disappear into a secure area of Hartsfield International Airport.
His little gaffe in judgement turned what should have been a routine day at one of the nation's busiest airports into the most extensive security delay since 9/11. Lasseter's camera bag kept more than 10,000 travelers stranded for more than four hours. Incoming flights were delayed or canceled at airports around the country, causing backups from coast to coast. Delta Airlines cancelled 147 flights, and some 500 were delayed.
For a camera bag people, and it's asshat owner.
And finally, at about 6:30 PM, police arrested Michael Lasseter after guards recognized him from a videotape while he was trying to rebook his flight.
Michael S. Lasseter.
Asshat of the Week!