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Woman who got into tussle with TSA worker at
Bob Hope Airport fined $2,500

May 25, 2010 | 12:17 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/04/21/burbak_says_send_the_noise_to_van_n.jpgA Ventura County woman whose tussle with an airport security worker stemmed from her refusal to relinquish a cooler of snacks for her ailing mother at Bob Hope Airport has been fined $2,500.

Nadine Kay Hays of Camarillo, who was traveling to Nashville last year with her 93-year-old mother, was charged with battery after incident with the Transportation Security Administration employee. She assumed her legal troubles stemming from the April 2009 incident were over when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Frederick Rotenberg last month agreed to dismiss the case against her if she stayed out of trouble for the next six months.

Hays, 58, received a four-page letter charging her with violating security regulations and notifying her that she was subject to civil penalties of up to $10,000.

"When I received the letter I just flipped out. I take it very personally given everything else that happened," Hays, 58, told the Glendale News-Press, adding that she would refuse to pay the $2,500 penalty.

"Unfortunately, sometimes people in positions of authority are unethical, unprofessional or just downright criminal in their activity. And in that case, if you're in the right, you need to stand up for yourself. And that's what I did in my case -- what they did was wrong, and what I did was right."

TSA identified several options for Hays to contest the fine, including appearing before an administrative law judge.

TSA spokeswoman Suzanne Treviño said privacy laws prevent her from commenting on whether the agency was seeking a civil assessment against Hays. Generally, alleged criminal violations, even if dismissed, can also lead to civil action, she said.

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