19 yo Woman Assaulted TSA Officers At Phoenix Airport Over Apple Juice
On Tuesday, chaos ensued at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport when a 19-year-old woman named Makiah Coleman allegedly attacked three Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers while going through security at Terminal 4.
Fit Of Rage
Her fit of rage caused the checkpoint to close for the morning and left two TSA officers injured, who were later released from the hospital.
According to court documents, Coleman was upset that the TSA took her apple juice away as large amounts of liquids are prohibited through security. She began ranting and attempting to retrieve her items from the TSA agent, who pushed her away.
In response, Coleman allegedly climbed onto a table and another agent tried to grab her, but she elbowed him in the head, causing a concussion.
Injuring and Inconviencing
The TSA expressed disappointment in the incident, as not only were their officers injured, but approximately 450 travelers were inconvenienced by the checkpoint closure.
In court documents, it was reported that an agent had her shirt torn during the incident, prompting other staff members to attempt to move Coleman to a nearby bench.
However, Coleman stood up and removed her shirt before lashing out at one of the agents, grabbing her by the hair and punching her repeatedly. When another agent tried to intervene, Coleman allegedly turned on them, swinging and even biting them.
“This unprovoked and brazen physical attack against our employees is completely unacceptable,” stated a spokesperson for the TSA. During questioning, Coleman admitted that she was furious about having to exit security in order to purchase food and re-enter. However, she denied any involvement in biting the agents.
Coleman, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, was subsequently taken into police custody in Phoenix and charged with several counts of misdemeanor assault, including aggravated assault.
“We continue to monitor the recoveries of the employees involved and are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation. TSA will also pursue independent enforcement actions against the traveler,” Dankers said.
TSA has issued a warning that verbal abuse, physical violence, or any other form of threatening behavior toward employees could lead to criminal charges and fines of up to $13,910.
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