A woman is accused of assaulting three TSA agents because they took away her apple juice at a checkpoint, according to court documents obtained by Fox News.
Makiah Coleman was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and charged with aggravated assault, two counts of misdemeanor assault, criminal damage, and disorderly conduct for her alleged outburst that redirected 450 passengers.
"This unprovoked and brazen physical attack against our employees is unacceptable," the TSA said in a written statement.
The incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. on April 25, 2023. Two of the three TSA agents were transported to hospital after being allegedly struck and bitten by 19-year-old Coleman.
Coleman started "ranting and raving" after her juice was confiscated, then allegedly attempted to grab the bin containing her personal items until a TSA agent pushed her away.
AZ Central also reports that Coleman is accused of having climbed on a table between her and a TSA agent after she was grabbed by the waist by another agent to control her. Coleman then allegedly elbowed an agent in the head, giving him a concussion, before other agents sat her down on a bench.
Still, Coleman allegedly got up from the bench and attacked another agent by pulling her by her ponytail and striking her with what was described as "hammer fist blows" three to five times.
Documents say that Coleman told police she was angry she had to leave security to get food, only to go back through security again. Coleman also allegedly claimed that a TSA agent hung up her phone while she was talking to her mother. Later, she allegedly admitted that she did indeed attack agents but "kinda blacked out."
"We are grateful for our committed workforce and for the role they play in protecting the traveling public every day," the TSA added. "Unfortunately, due to the actions of this traveler, this situation resulted in injuries to three of our TSA officers and inconvenienced approximately 450 travelers who TSA redirected to a nearby checkpoint for security screening," TSA also said.
Coleman was being held on a $4,500 bond.
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