Thanks to a judge, Jordan Moore won't have to worry about rushing to catch his plane.
Federal documents say that twice on the same day last year, the 31-year American Airlines employee tried to barge through Transportation Security Agency checkpoints at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. When he was turned away, Moore responded with threats, curses and racial slurs directed toward police and airport security.
On Friday, a federal judge sentenced Moore to 14 months in prison and two years of supervised release. His crime: Interfering with security screening personnel at Charlotte Douglas.
The Winston-Salem resident has been jailed since his March 2017 arrest — time that will be applied to his Friday sentence.
According to court documents, Moore went to extreme lengths to do what tens of thousands of travelers only dream about — traversing airport security as quickly as possible.
On March 30, 2017, just before 5:30 p.m., Moore approached the TSA pre-check lane at a Charlotte Douglas security station, his indictment says.
Pre-check serves as a sort of express lane through the long lines at an airport security stop. Except, according to the indictment, Moore's boarding pass lacked the proper designation to use the quicker route.
When two TSA officers turned him away, according to the indictment, Moore erupted. He told a TSA supervisor on hand that he was a "b---- ass n-----*," then threatened "to kick his ass" and kill him, the indictment says.
Blocked from the first checkpoint, Moore unsuccessfully tried two others. At his final stop, according to the indictment, he was told by an American Airlines security agent that he would not be able to fly that day "or any day" until the matter of his behavior was resolved.
While being led out of the airport by two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, Moore hurled the same racial slur at the same TSA supervisor, the indictment says. He then bolted down a flight of stairs to the baggage-claim level and jumped on a departing bus.
Two hours later Moore came back.
By this time, according to the indictment, his photograph had been provided to all security stations, and he was spotted at the last checkpoint he tried to get through earlier.
A TSA officer asked Moore to wait, the indictment says. Instead, Moore showed his boarding pass and identification before walking to baggage screening. There, he placed his luggage on the conveyer belt.
Once again TSA told him he could not fly that day.
"I am not going to do a f------ thing," Moore replied, according to the indictment. "I am going in. Just watch me."
When police stepped in, Moore ignored them and continued to put his personal items in a bin for screening.
"You cannot stop me, I am an airline employee," he said, according to the indictment.
After a police officer tried to remove the bin with Moore's personal items from the screening table, Moore tried to rip the bin out of his hands, adding, "Don't touch my stuff," and cursed again, the indictment says.
When Moore was arrested, and five CMPD officers pitched in to restrain him, he continued to curse and struggle after he was placed in the police car, the indictment says.
In November, Moore pleaded guilty to a single count of interfering with security personnel. Last week, Moore wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad asking to withdraw his plea, citing misconduct by his defense attorney and prosecutors, the letter says.
Moore said he accepted responsibility "for what I actually did," but he told the judge he "just wanted to go home" to see his family, find a job and apply to pharmacy school.
Instead, Conrad sent him to prison. He also passed along some judicial advice on the importance of respecting airport security personnel and maintaining proper travel decorum.