Friday, July 13, 2012
59-year-old Carol Jean Price has been found guilty of battery for conducting what thousands of Americans are subjected to every day – a TSA-style pat down.
A jury took just 20 minutes to deliver the verdict which stemmed from an incident earlier this year which took place at at Southwest Florida International Airport.
Traveling to her brother’s funeral in Cleveland, Ohio on April 20, Price, a former TSA screener, became infuriated at receiving a pat down, which included touching her breasts and genitals, a violation of the protocols she herself had been trained to carry out.
“(The screener) dug into my bra strap coming down,” Price told the jury. “She also swiped the palm of her hand down the front of my breast.”
“She just took the palm of her hand and went up my leg — front, back, right leg, left leg — and touched my genitals,” added Price.
The Lee County woman voiced her complaint to a TSA supervisor and proceeded to physically demonstrate how she was groped. Video footage of the incident shows Price running her hands up the inside thigh of a TSA worker for a period of no more than two seconds.
Price’s actions were mild in comparison to what TSA agents routinely inflict on the traveling public – grope downs which include physically grabbing people’s genitals.