According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), three of their officers were injured on Tuesday in an unexpected attack by a passenger at a security checkpoint in Phoenix’s airport.
The incident occurred around 6 a.m. at a checkpoint in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport while the female passenger was undergoing the security screening process, as stated in a release by the agency.
The TSA condemned the assault as an unprovoked and audacious physical attack against their employees, emphasizing that such behavior is unacceptable, Yahoo News reported.
Of the three officers, two were transported to a hospital for treatment but were subsequently released. The passenger responsible for the attack was apprehended by the police without any further complications.
According to the Phoenix police, a 19-year-old woman was arrested and booked without resistance.
The case remains under investigation, and police spokesperson Sgt. Brian Bower reported that detectives are actively working to ascertain the events leading up to the assault.
Law enforcement officials stated that three TSA officers were injured and became victims of the assault.
Online jail records indicate that the arrested woman was charged with three counts of assault, one count of criminal damage, and one count of disorderly conduct related to engaging in a fight.
Due to the incident, the TSA had to temporarily close the checkpoint, resulting in approximately 450 other travelers being redirected to alternate screening areas.
Written by staff