A woman accused of groping a female Transportation Security Administration agent is claiming that she was just showing the agent the kind of aggressive treatment she herself was subject to during a security screening. And she should know, she says –Â she’s a former TSA agent herself.
The 59-year-old Florida woman claims she was just sticking up for herself while going through airport security at Southwest Florida International Airport, reports the New York Daily News. She said an agent grabbed her breasts and crotch during a screening. While demonstrating what had happened, she was caught on camera.
The video shows the passenger putting down her bags and grabbing a TSA supervisor near the crotch area.
“She did not touch the supervisor as intrusively as she was touched,” her lawyer says.
Other agents say the woman was upset at being selected for an extra screening and asked to talk to a supervisor. Her lawyer says the incident was personal, because his client is a former TSA agent who believes the incident was a targeted assault, as the two women know each other.
“She’s obviously been through training and knew this lady,” said her lawyer. She was removed from the flight to Ohio, where she was reportedly traveling to attend her brother’s funeral, and is facing misdemeanor battery charges.
“The pat down was conducted correctly in accordance with our procedures,” the TSA said in a statement. “Violence against our officers, who work every day to keep the traveling public safe, is unacceptable.”