Retired schoolteacher to airline: don’t feel me up!

Here’s one woman who I bet would be staunchly on board with profiling:

A federal jury in Green Bay is expected to begin deciding today whether a 62-year-old retired tech school teacher is guilty of assault for grabbing a female airport screener’s breasts at the Outagamie County Regional Airport in September 2004.

Phyllis Dintenfass of Appleton faces one federal count of assault of a federal employee for allegedly shoving a Transportation Security Administration supervisor before grabbing the female agent’s breasts to protest what Dintenfass felt was an invasive search. Her trial began Monday.

Federal prosecutors contend Phyllis Dintenfass’ actions were criminal. She claims self-defense. If convicted, Dintenfass faces a year in federal prison and up to a $100,000 fine.

In testimony before U.S. District Court Judge William Griesbach, TSA screening supervisor Anita Gostisha said she saw Dintenfass activate the metal detectors at Outagamie’s security checkpoint and heard Dintenfass assert that it was the bobby pins and barrettes in her hair that triggered the alarm. After taking Dintenfass to the secondary screening area, Gostisha said she used a handheld metal detector to wand Dintenfass’ head and body, examining areas that caused the device to alert.

Gostisha, a screening supervisor for three years, said she was following protocol when she hung up the wand and then performed a “limited pat-down search” which included touching Dintenfass on the sides and back.

Gostisha said she was searching the front of Dintenfass’ body — using the back of her hands to search the area underneath Dintenfass’ breasts — when Dintenfass lashed out.

“She said ‘How would you like it if I did that to you?’ and slammed me against the wall” Gostisha testified. “She came at me and grabbed my breasts and squeezed them with firm pressure … squeezed them a couple of times.”

I don’t mean to make light of the incident. However, it does make you think “who should we be searching”? 62 y/o retired teachers?

Related: Jay Tea opines a different approach on how to fight terrorism here in the US (make sure to note what category that post is filed under ;)).

Lunchtime update: Michelle Malkin links up to her latest must-read column and reminds us that we shouldn’t cower behind the banner of political correctness because it’s an ineffective way of fighting terror.

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