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Woman, airport security tussle over elderly woman's apple sauce

April 19, 2010 |  7:09 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/21/burbak_says_send_the_noise_to_van_n.jpgCall this the case of the applesauce assault.

A court this week will look at an incident at Bob Hope Airport in which a woman is accused of hitting a federal security agent who allegedly tried to wrest away her 93-year-old mother's snacks before a flight.

Prosecutors charged Nadine Kay Hays, 58, who was traveling to Nashville, Tenn., with her mother, with misdemeanor battery after the reported fight with the Transportation Security Administration agent last April.

Hays denied striking the agent, arguing that she merely brought down her hand to keep agents from taking away her mother’s applesauce, cheese and milk.

“I am not going to plead guilty to something I didn’t do. I’m a person of character,”  Hays, whose mother died last month, told the Glendale News Press. “I end up reliving this disaster every spare moment of my life. You just flash back and you see these scenes over and over.”

The case has been ridiculed by talk-radio hosts, who railed against the agents involved and challenged how confiscating a disabled woman’s applesauce would improve national security.

Denny Wei, a prosecutor in the Burbank city attorney’s office, declined to comment on the case, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

TSA spokeswoman Suzanne Trevino also declined comment, citing a policy of not discussing pending litigation.

Read the full story here.

-- Christopher Cadelago

Photo: Bob Hope Airport. Times file

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