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Saints' bus egged at Atlanta airport

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Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport confirmed Thursday that one of the six charter buses carrying the New Orleans Saints to their team hotel was egged as they departed the airport on Wednesday night.  They say it happened as the bus left the ramp, and airport workers were in the area at the time.

On Wednesday night, some Saints' players tweeted that their bus was egged when they landed at the airport. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel tweeted, "Wow… as we're boarding buses on the tarmac at Atlanta airport… we start getting eggs thrown at us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!"

Linebacker Will Herring took it all in stride, tweeting, "First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans. Tomorrow should be fun!"

FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit.  He says he's appalled by the incident.

"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.  

Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac.  Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.

Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon.  Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

Meanwhile, no one in airport management is laughing.  FOX 5's Justin Gray spoke with airport general manager Louis Miller on Thursday night about the incident.  He said it's not something that will be tolerated, and they plan on finding out who's behind it.  

"It's not funny at all—I just think it's inappropriate behavior, no doubt about it," said Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport General Manager Louis Miller.  Employees should not be doing those things coming through here, and I believe it's the first time I've ever heard of it happening here."

Airport officials said in a statement released on Friday that they have confirmed that one employee has been identified as the suspect in the incident. They said the investigation is continuing to determine if any charges will be filed.

They did not identify the employee, nor did they say if the person was an airline or concessions employee.

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