The Transportation Security Administration has been known for patting people down during their frisk searches at airport security. One customer had enough with the feel ups and decided to get even, by groping a TSA agent.
In April, Carol Jean Price, 59, was arrested for battery and resisting an officer after she groped a TSA agent at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida. Price was on her way from Florida to Ohio to attend her brother's funeral when she was chosen for a pat down at the airport's security checkpoint, WINK-TV reports.
Price was angered over being chosen for the extra screening and being searched in an inappropriate manner. She asked to speak to a supervisor. The TSA then reported that Price reached down and grabbed the leg and crotch of a TSA agent to demonstrate the way she felt she was treated.
Price's defense attorney John Mills told NBC, "She did not touch the supervisor as intrusively as she was touched."
Mills claims that the TSA touched Price's genitals and breasts during the security pat down. Price is personally familiar with the TSA practices and believes the pat down was done intentionally as she was a former TSA agent at the airport, NBC reports. Price did not get along with all of the agents there.
According to TSA statement, "The pat down was conducted correctly in accordance with our procedures. Violence against our officers who work every day to keep the traveling public safe is unacceptable."
Instead of being able to board the plane for the funeral, Price was taken to jail on charges of misdemeanor battery. Price pleaded not guilty and is looking to get her name cleared. However, the groping incident was recorded on video.
Price isn't the first person to retaliate against the intrusive security practices of the TSA. In 2011, a 61-year-old Colorado woman grabbed the breast of a TSA agent at Phoenix's international airport. She pleaded guilty. Celebrities like model Bar Refaeli and singer Jennifer Hudson also expressed their distaste for the TSA's touchy-feely practices.