Woman, airport security tussle over elderly woman's apple sauce
Call 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.
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.”
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.
-- Christopher Cadelago
Photo: Bob Hope Airport. Times file