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Student questioned by TSA for giving Texas Tech 'finger gun' salute

13 January 2018, 06:19 | Glen Norman

The salute is so popular that fellow student often signal one another out and about using

The salute is so popular that fellow student often signal one another out and about using

Texas Tech University sophomore Diana Durkin faced backlash with Transportation Security Administration in the Houston Airport Security after throwing up the hand signal for Guns Up when she saw a fellow fan in the security check point line. Durkin greeted the stranger by holding up the sign for her school - a hand gun.

"I love my school, I love Texas Tech", Durkin said. "I'm so proud to be a Red Raider so I see it and I'm like, 'Hey!' (with a gun hand symbol for the school)".

"Afterwards I thought, 'that's so amusing, that's kinda the thing that would only happen to somebody who goes to Tech or only happen to me, '" Diana said, "trying to be like oh, hey and trying to make a friend and bond over Texas Tech and end up getting in trouble". Durkin tweeted that she was flagged by TSA jus after the gesture.

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"I showed them my Tech ID and I was like 'please I go to Texas Tech, '" Diana Durkin said, "this was nothing bad, nothing malicious".

Although she laughs about the incident now, Durkin said she's grateful she did not get in trouble with security. Like I'm not making this up.

She went through a full screening and patdown, but said she was eventually let go after promising to never attempt finger-based bonding with fellow Red Raiders at the airport.

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Diana has since tweeted about the incident and has received over 39,000 likes and 3,000 retweets.

She says she was terrified, thinking to herself, "Oh my gosh, they think I'm a terrorist", and, "Oh my gosh I'm going to jail".

"In West Texas, people would know".

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