Guy Busted for Punching TSA Officer
John Christina says jab to the chest was just a joke
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 7:23 AM CST
An airline passenger is patted down by a TSA agent ... this is not the agent who got punched, lucky him.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – Amid the uproar over TSA agents getting a little too physical with passengers' groins, one would-be flier got a little too physical with a TSA agent on Tuesday. Cops arrested John Christina after he allegedly punched a TSA officer in the chest after passing through a body scanner at Indianapolis International Airport. The 51-year-old says it was a joke: He claims that after stepping out of the scanner, he asked Gregory Hutman what the next step was; Hutman said he was new to the airport, and didn't know, at which point Christina punched him.

When Hutman asked why he got jabbed, Christina replied, "I was only kidding with you," according to a report of the incident. "I just wanted to make sure of the information and the procedure," Christina says. "I know now it's against the law to touch someone in the TSA." The Indianapolis Star reports that Christina is a frequent traveler who is used to having to go through additional security steps: he has two metal hip implants, a colostomy bag, and a fused wrist. He was charged with battery; his trial has been set for Dec. 13.

 

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