Flier Busted for Blocking 'Crotch-Grab' of Daughter

Mom nailed as she tries to videotape airport guards with cell phone
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 3:22 AM CDT
Flier Busted for Blocking 'Crotch-Grab' of Child
Andrea Fornella, 41, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to have her duaghter's "crotch grabbed" during an airport guard pat down.   (Nashville police photo)

A furious mom was busted at an airport on Saturday for blocking a "crotch-grabbing" pat down of her young daughter. Andrea Fornella, 41, was arrested in Nashville en route to Baltimore after shouting at guards that she didn't want her baby's "crotch grabbed" as the TSA agents prepared to search her child. The confrontation began when Fornella refused to walk with her daughter through an airport full-body scanner. She was reassured that the radiation was not harmful, but she responded: "I don't want someone to see our bodies naked." She was arrested when she attempted to videotape guards with her cell phone.

She was charged with disorderly conduct and released on bond later that day, reports the Daily Mail. Officials did not release the name or age of her daughter. The TSA has modified its policy, agreeing to reduce the number of pat downs of children, so it's unclear why Fornella's daughter was about to be searched. The TSA changed its policy following a storm of criticism. (Read more Andrea Fornella stories.)

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