A woman has been found guilty of disorderly conduct after she refused to let Transportation Security Administration agents pat down her and her teenage daughter. Andrea Abbott has been placed on probation.
Abbott faced up to 30 days in jail, but the judge opted for probation because Abbott does not have a criminal record. Nonetheless, Judge Joe P. Binkley Jr., hopes that probation will prevent Abbott from getting “into any further problems with the law.”
In July 2011, Abbott refused to abide by the TSA’s orders. She didn’t want someone to see their “bodies naked.” Abbott began cursing and calling the officers pedophiles. She was then arrested.
The prosecution claimed that Abbott caused an unnecessary disturbance which made the other security lines come to a standstill.
“The defendant should have been aware that her behavior would prevent others from carrying out their lawful activities,” said Assistant District Attorney Megan King.
Defense Attorney Brent Horst argued that the unlawful activity is the invasion of a person’s privacy.
“Since 9/11, we’re losing a lot of freedom, and we have to draw the line somewhere,” he said.