A 41-year-old Clarksville woman was arrested after Nashville airport authorities say she was belligerent and verbally abusive to security officers, refusing for her daughter to be patted down at a security checkpoint.
Andrea Fornella Abbott yelled and swore at Transportation Security Administration agents Saturday afternoon at Nashville International Airport, saying she did not want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately or have her “crotch grabbed,” a police report states.
After the woman refused to calm down, airport police said, she was charged with disorderly conduct and taken to jail. She has been released on bond.
Now, I don’t support violence towards anyone. Even acting violent to TSA security screeners, who are now officially a notch below police officers, is unacceptable. Yet, nothing I’ve seen says she actually threatened violence, she just “swore.” And quite frankly, when you’ve observed the TSA’s child unfriendly policies after the last few months, wouldn’t you swear at them too? (Although apparently the TSA has “revised” the policies, it will only reduce, not eliminate, child patdowns. In other words, they will have a lesser amount of government-sponsored child molestation, not have eliminated government-sponsored child molestation*. Got it.)
I’m not going to take this as a bellweather of anything, since there are far too many people who go through this insane process without thinking, blindly following the state, but it is refreshing to see someone stand up to this insanity. I hope to see more of it as time goes on, hope to see more people just stand up and say “ENOUGH.”