TSA checkpoint
The TSA checkpoint, just ahead. Image: Red Barnes/Flickr/CC BY-SA


In a switch on the normal headline, a Colorado woman was arrested in Phoenix last week for groping a Transportation Security Administration agent as she was going through an airport security check station. An unidentified TSA agent says the woman touched her inappropriately. The woman was arrested and accused of sexual abuse.

Woman refused to be screened

According to Sgt. Steve Martos, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department, a 61-year-old woman, Yukari Miyamae, of Longmont, Colo., was boarding a flight home from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Ariz. last Thursday at about 3:30 p.m. Miyamae, along with the other passengers, was stopped and asked to submit to a security screening before being allowed to enter the boarding area. Miyamae allegedly refused to submit. When the TSA agents insisted, Miyamae lost her temper and became argumentative and belligerent.

Woman grabbed the TSA agent inappropriately

The argument escalated and reached a point at which Miyamae became physical. Miyamae grabbed the female TSA agent by the left breast and, with both hands, squeezed and twisted it.

Police were called in to the scene. According to police reports, Miyamae continued to be argumentative, even after she had admitted to assaulting the unidentified TSA officer. Miyamae was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse and taken into police custody.

A TSA spokesperson confirms the incident

Kawika Riley, a spokesperson for TSA, confirmed the incident in a statement to MSNBC Saturday: “On July 14 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, local law enforcement arrested a passenger for assaulting a TSA officer during the screening process.”

Felony charges possible

Miyamae was released from police custody later the same day on her own recognizance. She could face a charge of felony sexual abuse for the incident, Phoenix police sources say.


Denver Post: http://www.denverpost.com/newsheadlines/ci_18488912
MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43781758/ns/travel-news/
AZ Central: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/07/16/20110716phoenix-sky-harbor-woman-arrested-groping-tsa-worker-abrk.html?source=nletter-news


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