Airport police arrest 74-year-old woman who refuses screening


Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A 74-year-old woman was arrested at Palm Beach International Airport today on a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer, after she refused to be searched by Transportation Security Administration screeners.

Elena P. Reichman, who resides most of the year in Palm Beach County, refused a screening at about 1 p.m. and argued with TSA staff, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's probable cause affidavit.

"Reichman was arguing with TSA personnel and demanded she be allowed to proceed down the concourse without interruption," according to the report.

After a deputy asked her to calm down and lower her voice, Reichman placed her hands on Deputy Margaret Picerno and pushed the law officer. Picerno then put Reichman in a chair and handcuffed her, according to the report. As of 5:45 p.m., Reichman was still being booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.

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