Woman refuses airport screening for daughter, arrested - WKRN News 2

Woman refuses airport screening for daughter, arrested

Posted: Updated: July 13, 2011 1:24 PM CDT
Andrea Abbott, 41, of Clarksville, was arrested at Nashville's airport Saturday and charged with disorderly conduct. Andrea Abbott, 41, of Clarksville, was arrested at Nashville's airport Saturday and charged with disorderly conduct.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A mother was arrested at Nashville International Airport last weekend after a dispute at a security checkpoint got out of control.

Metro police were called to the airport Saturday afternoon after Andrea Abbott refused to allow her daughter to go through the security screening process.

According to the affidavit, Abbott, 41 of Clarksville, became belligerent and verbally abusive during the exchange with responding officers and agents with the Transportation Security Administration.

Abbott stated she did not want her daughter to be "touched inappropriately," have her "crotch grabbed," or be further screened.

After finally agreeing to the security check, police said Abbott retrieved her cell phone in an attempt to film the screening.

Abbott was told to put the phone away and she again became disruptive and verbally abusive and even more so when she was told she'd have to also be screened.

Abbott, who was loud in her speech and very belligerent, refused to calm down and was placed under arrest, the affidavit read.

She was booked into the Metro jail on disorderly conduct charges. She has since been released on a $1,000 bond.

Most parents who spoke with Nashville's News 2 said they find it best to go with the flow.

"Anybody can be suspicious about anything.  Everybody has to be checked, so we won't have any issues.  I think he thinks it's kind of fun," Robert Fayne said of his son.

"We've never had any issues, added mother Nicole Hudson.  "My son has been randomly selected once or twice to be screened, and he said, ‘that was no big deal, mom.  She just checked my hands and we went through.'"

Still, Abbott's not the first to refuse a security screening.

From body scans to pat downs, airport security has been heavily criticized and the effectiveness of those measures has been called into question by a recent report that shows there have been 25,000 security breaches nationwide since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

While the number averages to seven security incidents every day, the TSA notes 25,000 is just 1% of the five billion-plus passengers screened in that time.

Still, critics point out just one screening mistake can have catastrophic results.

In Nashville, more than four-and-a-half million people fly out of BNA each year.

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