A 53-year-old man was arrested at San Francisco International airport Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of public intoxication after he allegedly caused a disturbance by impersonating a security officer and bringing women into a private security screening room.
Airport police officers responded to the security checkpoint at the international terminal around 12:30 p.m. on a report of a man causing a disturbance, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Eric Slighton, a resident of San Francisco and Hong Kong, was arrested there after officers determined that he was exhibiting signs of public intoxication, according to sheriff’s officials.
He was booked at San Mateo County Jail and released on $10,000 bail that he posted that night, according to officials.
Sheriff’s detectives are investigating allegations that Slighton motioned women into a private screening room under the guise of a security officer.
Sheriff’s officials said no victims have stepped forward or been identified, but investigators are working to identify which flights the possible victims took after the incident.
The U.S. Transportation Security Agency issued a statement Thursday that said, “TSA is aware of the alleged incident and is cooperating with law enforcement.”
The incident did not involve any TSA or Covenant Aviation Security employees who work at the international checkpoint. Covenant is a private security firm that is contracted by the federal government to provide passenger and baggage screening at SFO.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said Slighton is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 18 in Redwood City.
On the Aktis Hanxi Group website, an international banking and investment firm based out of Hong Kong, the company lists Slighton as the director and partner of Aktis Capital Singapore.
On his online biography it states that Slighton was the managing director of Barclays Capitol in Hong Kong before coming to Aktis, and he also was previously the managing director at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong, among other positions.
It also lists him as co-founder and CEO of ComMira e-Solutions, a software company based out of San Francisco.
Slighton’s Facebook page states that he attended a private K-12 school in Princeton, New Jersey.
His LinkedIn profile lists his location as Hong Kong and describes him as working in banking.