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This Sorority Girl Tried To Show Some School Spirit And Accidentally Pissed Off The TSA

“I'm just sitting there, almost in tears, like, 'No, I'm just really dumb, I'm not a terrorist!'”

Posted on January 11, 2018, at 11:58 a.m. ET

Diana Durkin is a 19-year-old from Houston. She's a sophomore at Texas Tech University, but took this past semester off to help her family recover from Hurricane Harvey. She told BuzzFeed News she's REALLY excited to go back to school next week.

Diana Durkin

Diana has always had a lot of school spirit, and was even nominated for "most spirited" in high school. So when she got to Texas Tech, she said totally embraced her new school and all their customs and traditions.

When she was standing bored in the security line, she noticed a guy wearing a Texas Tech sweatshirt. Without thinking about it, she threw up her hand gun symbol to him.

Diana Durkin

"It's a cool bonding thing. I tried to make eye contact with him and I throw my hand gun up."

The man gave her a strange look, she said.

Suddenly, she felt a tap on her shoulder. It was a TSA agent, who pulled her out of line and asked to speak to her.

The agent sternly asked for her ID and said she was pulled for making gun symbols in the airport.

"She said, 'What are you doing? You can't do that in an airport.'”

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."

“I'm just sitting there, almost in tears, like, 'No, I'm just really dumb, I'm not a terrorist!'”

Diana said the ordeal felt like hours, but in reality was much shorter. She was given a full screening and pat down. She said she was panicking and even showed them her student ID to try and explain.

“Please don't send me to jail, I'm not going to survive very long in jail," she said she was thinking.

Finally, the TSA let Diana off with a warning, and she promised to never do it again. Meanwhile, a tweet she had sent out in a panic during the incident was quickly going viral.

In the airport security line and I see someone wearing a Texas Tech hoodie and I look at them and do the gun hand s…

Some people also shared other silly ways they got in trouble by the TSA, like this girl and her Lush products.

@dianadurkin @kalesalad The TSA stopped me today because my @lushcosmetics products apparently registered as explos…

Diana said she was shocked by how big her tweet got, so felt she had to call her mom to warn her. Her mom hung up on her in frustration at first, but has since embraced her daughter's fame, calling herself "Kris Jenner." 😹

someone come get my mom 😂🙄

“It's definitely going to her head," Diana said.

In the end, Diana's glad all she got was a funny story.

“At the time, I was scared to death," she said.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.