Around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning a fight broke out at an Atlanta airport security checkpoint. Three teenagers were trying to get through TSA screening while one of them lacked I.D.
There’s a simple procedure for confirming your identity without ID. It takes a little longer but the TSA accesses privately compiled databases with personal information and you confirm details about yourself.
Instead of simply going down that road, a fight broke out – members of the group attacked another passenger – and the incident ended with a police taser.
Police said the TSA employee and the three got into an argument in which witnesses said the group was ” disruptive and speaking disrespectfully to the TSA employee.”
At that point, police said a bystander admonished the three for their behavior, but that triggered at least two of the group to “attack” the bystander.
An officer then got to the checkpoint and used his taser to subdue two of them. The third “surrendered without force,” according to police.
The three passengers have been charged with criminal trespass and with disorderly conduct. There might be a plausible assault charge, though no one appears to have been injured, but it’s not clear to me how the passengers – who intended to use the checkpoint for its intended purpose, and were at the airport to travel – could have been engaged in criminal trespass. But the criminal law does a lot of funny things.
Even before 9/11 the security checkpoint wasn’t a place to even joke about airport security. In the post-9/11 world it’s a militarized zone. It seems about the worst possible place to lose control and get into a fight is in front of the TSA, where everything is caught on video, and with law enforcement at the ready.
(HT: Secret Flying)