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Former TSA agent accused of groping supervisor

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  • Carol Price claims she was touched inappropriately during TSA patdown
  • Video shows Price grabbing TSA supervisor in leg, crotch area
Former TSA agent accused of groping supervisor

A former TSA agent was arrested after she grabbed a TSA supervisor and the incident was caught on video.

Carol Price, 59, was heading through the security checkpoint at Southwest Florida International Airport when she felt that she was touched inappropriately on her breasts and genitals by a TSA worker during a pat-down. Video shows the agent touching Price's thighs and patting her breasts.

“It was a customer complaint of an extremely inappropriately search,” said Price’s attorney John Mills told HLN affiliate WBBH.

Another video shows Price putting down her carry-on bags, turning toward a TSA supervisor, putting her hands on the supervisor’s leg and moving them up toward her crotch to demonstrate what she claimed happened to her.

HLN affiliate WFTX talked to a TSA supervisor who said agents are supposed to use the backs of their hands to search sensitive areas unless there is reason to believe the passenger is hiding something.

The incident occurred on April 20, but the video has recently been released.

Mills said Price had been a TSA gate agent for five years at the same airport where the alleged assault occurred. Mills said there was “bad blood” between Price and the supervisor during their time working together.

In response to the incident, TSA spokesman David Castelveter released this statement: “TSA will not tolerate assaults against its workforce. The individual set off an alarm, requiring a secondary screening, which was conducted according to established protocols.”

Price, who was heading to her brother’s funeral in Ohio, did not make the flight and was taken to jail. She has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges. She is scheduled to appear in court July 3.

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