June 4, 2023

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3 TSA agents injured after “unprovoked” attack at Phoenix airport, according to agency

Three TSA officers were injured Tuesday in an “unprovoked” attack by a passenger at a security checkpoint at Phoenix Airport, the TSA said.

The agency said in a statement that the attack took place shortly before 6 a.m. at a checkpoint at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where the passenger was in the security screening process.

The TSA described the assault as an “unprovoked and rude physical attack against our employees” and said it was unacceptable.

She added that two of the three agents were taken to a hospital and later released. The police arrested the passenger.

Phoenix police said a 19-year-old woman was arrested and booked without incident.

The case is still under investigation, the sergeant said, and investigators are working to find out what caused the assault. Brian Bauer, a police spokesman.

Police said officers located three TSA officers who were injured and were assault victims.

Online prison records show the arrested woman has been booked for three counts of assault, one count of criminal damage, and one count of disorderly conduct dealing with combat.

The TSA said the checkpoint had to be closed and that another 450 travelers had to go to other areas for screening.

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