Christian skycap who terrified late-night gay travelers in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., by downloading a verse from
Leviticus onto the airport PA system told authorities
he meant it as a prank, Florida papers reported.
23, on Sunday night admitted playing the verse twice
last week after a deepening investigation triggered by a gay
couple who heard it not once but twice: "If a man lies
with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have
done what is detestable. They must be put to death."
rocked the gay-friendly, tourist-happy city, which hosts
950,000 gay and lesbian visitors who spend $1.2 billion
surprised that something like this could happen here,"
Francine Mason, vice president for communications of the
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors
Bureau, told Gay.com. "We pride ourselves on
rolling out the rainbow carpet."
worked for Superior Aircraft Services, a private
subcontractor at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International
Airport, for about a year, Broward County mayor
Josephus Eggelletion Jr. told the Fort Lauderdale
He will lose his
security clearance, necessary to work at the airport,
and thus probably his job, Eggelletion told the paper.
sheriff's deputies he downloaded the message from his cell
phone as a prank. He said he didn't know any gay people were
in the airport at the time.
It was unclear
Monday if he had legitimate access to the airport PA
system, the Miami Herald reported.
officials will send the results of the investigation to
the State Attorney's Office to determine if charges should
Niedwiecki and Waymon Hudson, both of Overland Park, heard
the message twice early Tuesday after stepping off a
United Airlines flight from Chicago.
"It was dark;
there was hardly anybody around," Niedwiecki told the
Herald. "This was the last thing we wanted to hear at
co-owner of Superior Aircraft, said Monestime will be fired
if the allegations are true, the Sun-Sentinel
reported. Pine told the paper he didn't know Monestime
personally but said the skycap's coworkers called him
a good worker and a devout Christian.
"Don't get me
wrong; we're happy that they caught the guy,"
Niedwiecki told the Herald. "But if they decide it's
a prank and don't push it any further, we'll be
disappointed." (Barbara Wilcox, The Advocate)