A woman from South Korea slapped a TSA officer across the head and shoved another after she became angry over being pulled aside for oversized lotion bottles at Orlando International Airport Wednesday night, according to police.
Hyunjoo Kim, 39, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony battery.
According to an Orlando Police report, several witnesses saw Kim shouting at and attacking the two Transportation Security Administration officers who had told her the lotions she was carrying were above the permitted 3 ounces and pulled her aside for additional screening.
Kim, an American Airlines passenger, denies attacking the officers and requested that her government not be notified of her arrest, according to the police report.
Passengers at Orlando International on Thursday said they, too, get irritated while going through airport security, but attacking an officer is going too far.
"I imagine it could be a little bit more disorienting for people who don't speak the language or don't understand what is happening, but most people understand you can't have more than 3 ounces since 9-11, so just expect that," passenger Laura McGrath said.
TSA officials issued a statement, saying, "TSA takes the safety of our officers very seriously, and any physical assault on our officers will be referred for criminal prosecution."
"I have seen people get irritated, but nothing like that," passenger Daniel Enea said. "It doesn't surprise me, not at all. You never know what is going to happen these days."