Airport Security Mix-Up Brings NFL Player to Elementary School

Airport Security Mix-Up Brings NFL Player to Elementary School

The player accidentally swapped laptops with a principal while going through security

After going through security as Salt Lake City International Airport, professional football player Kyle Van Noy opened his laptop to see that it was in fact someone else’s. The Detroit Lions linebacker picked up the computer of Ilene Strong, principal at Traverse Mountain Elementary in Lehi, Utah.

Van Noy contacted Strong’s secretary and made arrangements to travel to the school in order to swap laptops. A former Brigham Young University player, Van Noy is well-known in the area. He spent the day visiting 35 classrooms and posed with students.

According to a report, strong said she quit worrying about her laptop after she mentioned the name of the person who picked it up to her husband, Greg.

"I just happened to say, 'What would some stranger named Kyle Van Noy do with my laptop?'" Strong said. "Greg's eyes got huge. It was a good thing I said his name. He just started laughing and told me he was a professional football player."

About the Author

Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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