Authorities: Man Injures 5 TSA Agents While Rushing Through Security at Phoenix Airport

PHOENIX – A man tried to rush through a security checkpoint at the Phoenix airport, attacking security officers and injuring five TSA agents, authorities say.

One transportation security officer was taken to a hospital and four to urgent care clinics, said Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. All were treated and released.

The man attacked the officers around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at a security checkpoint in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Dankers said.

Other transportation security officers and members of the Phoenix Police Department subdued the man, she said.

The suspect was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, which are felonies, as well as five counts of misdemeanor assault, Phoenix Police Det. Luis A. Samudio said.

The suspect is due in court Tuesday.

“This unprovoked and brazen physical attack against our employees is unacceptable,” Dankers said. “We are grateful for our committed workforce and for the role they play in protecting the traveling public every day. We continue to monitor the safety and health of the TSOs involved in this incident and will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.”

3 comments

    • fortisveritas

      The TSA agents were out of line and need to apologize to that young man. If you look at the floor – he clearly was trying to jump from the metal detector onto the next set of footprints, and then to the next. These agents broke his stride and their actions were uncalled for. This is baiting at the worst, attractive nuisance at the least.

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