Woman Allegedly Attacked TSA Agents in Phoenix After They Took Away Apple Juice
A 19-year-old woman attacked three TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Tuesday after the security officials confiscated the lady's apple juice.
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A woman attacked three TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Tuesday after the security officials confiscated her apple juice.
Fox 10 Phoenix reports Makiah Cherae Coleman, 19, was arrested and charged with assault after attacking three TSA agents who took away her apple juice while she was going through the standard security screening.
According to the victims, Coleman struck one TSA agent in the head and ripped his shirt, before punching another and pulling the latter’s ponytail. Coleman then bit a third agent who tried to stop her.
“[Coleman] was ranting and raving about the apple juice and walks around the barrier and attempts to grab the bin containing her items being screened from the TSA agent,” a probable cause statement obtained by the outlet reads.
Coleman has been charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage, and disorderly conduct against public order.
“Unfortunately, this situation not only resulted in three of our TSA officers being injured, but inconvenienced approximately 450 travelers who had to be redirected to a nearby checkpoint for security screening due to the actions of this traveler,” TSA said in a statement.
TSA urged travelers to refrain from incidents similar to Coleman’s attack on their agents, as “threats, verbal abuse or physical violence of any kind against our employees is not tolerated and will result in criminal penalties and fines of up to $13,910.”