In a "man bites dog" scenario, Carol Price faces a charge of misdemeanor battery after it is alleged she groped a TSA supervisor to demonstrate how she was searched.
Although the incident occurred on April 20, the video that recorded the alleged crime has just been released. Carol Price had gone to the Southwest Florida International Airport, just outside Fort Myers, to catch a United Airlines flight to Cleveland. She was not in a good mood; her brother had just died and she was going to his funeral.
According to Price, she was given a pat down that included the agent touching her breasts and genitals. Price had previously worked for the TSA at the same airport and can be seen in the video hugging one of the agents she previously worked with.
Price was described by WZVN as getting along with some, but not all of her former co-workers. Price thinks the intrusive search was personal and did not follow the agency's protocols. The TSA denies the search was conducted in an improper fashion.
It is alleged Price groped the supervisor in the groin area to demonstrate how she was searched. The supervisor did not give permission to be touched in that manner.
Fox 4 quotes the police report as saying, She had gone through screening and was upset about the required pat down search. Price then approached the supervisor and then reached down to demonstrate and grabbed the supervisor's leg and crotch area as she claimed had happened to her.
The report also quotes Price as telling the supervisor, "You used to be such a (expletive), you deserve it."
John Mills, Price's attorney, told WZVN, "It was a customer complaint of an extremely inappropriate search. She did not touch the supervisor as intrusively as she was touched."
Mills added, "Ms. Price just wants her day in court."
The trial for Price, who was hauled off to jail and missed both the flight and her brother's funeral, is scheduled to begin on July 3.