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July 27, 2005

Woman arrested for doing what airport screener did to her

From the Green Bay Press-Gazette...

Phyllis Dintenfass of Appleton faces one federal count of assault of a federal employee for allegedly shoving a Transportation Security Administration supervisor before grabbing the female agent’s breasts to protest what Dintenfass felt was an invasive search. Her trial began Monday.

Federal prosecutors contend Phyllis Dintenfass’ actions were criminal. She claims self-defense. If convicted, Dintenfass faces a year in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine....

Dintenfass does not deny that she put her hands on the TSA agent. It was only after the invasiveness of the search shocked her and her protests fell on deaf ears that she acted. She has been through the screening procedure before on previous trips because of her penchant for wearing her hair up in pins and combs, so it was no surprise she was pulled aside for a more detailed inspection.

But when the agent began touching her breasts, enough was enough, she said.

“I said, ‘What are you doing? No one’s done that to me before,’” Dintenfass said. “And she kept going … for what felt like an interminably long time. It seemed to go on and on in my mind.

“She was feeling me up.”

Dintenfass testified that she reacted out of instinct.

“I said, ‘I don’t like you feeling me up.’” Dintenfass testified. “She said, ‘I’m not feeling you up.’ I told her, ‘My husband’s been feeling me up for 40 years. I know what that feels like when someone’s feeling me up.’

Numerous other people report that airport screeners habitually lie when reporting what they call illegal behavior, so I didn't quote the screener's version, given that it more than likely was fiction. I hope Phyllis wins.

Coverage: PoliPundit

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 27, 2005 07:47 AM

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