Eighty two year old grandmother Lila Mae Bryan was traveling through the Wichita airport on Wednesday when TSA employees identified her 8 ounce bottle of hand gel from Bath and Body Works and confiscated it.
She walked around the X-ray machine and hit the TSA screener in the arm.
She says no one ever told her about the 3.4 ounce liquid rule but she immediately offered to apologize. Police wouldn’t allow her to.
“No, you’ve already done it. It’s battery. That’s what you’re going to be charged with, and there’s nothing we can do about it ‘cause everybody saw it,” she recalls him saying.
Bryan was handcuffed and booked into jail.
In a statement the TSA says,
Threatening, assaulting, intimidating, or interfering with officers while they are performing screening duties is a violation of TSA security regulations, may constitute criminal conduct, and interferes with their ability to effectively protect the public.
Over 20,000 TSA employees have been accused of misconduct, over half multiple times, and they get second and third chances and more.
The TSA employee was uninjured. The gramdnother says she had forgotten to take her bipolar meds, and now that the police cannot stop her from doing so she publicly apologizes. Though she spent 3 hours in jail she was not charged.