Woman accused of groping TSA agent getting support

AP News
Posted: Jul 18, 2011 4:39 PM
Woman accused of groping TSA agent getting support

A Colorado woman accused of groping a female Transportation Security Administration agent in Phoenix is getting some support from people unhappy about airport security procedures.

A Facebook page supporting Yukari Miyamae had more than 900 backers Monday afternoon, with some praising her for her bravery and others offering to donate money to her defense. Others defended the TSA's screening procedures, saying that people who don't want to comply with security requirements shouldn't fly.

Police said Miyamae, 61, is accused of grabbing the left breast of an unidentified agent Thursday afternoon after the TSA said she refused to go through passenger screening. She was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse, which is a felony, but no charges have been filed.

Maricopa County Judicial Commissioner Miles Nelson released Miyamae on her own recognizance during a court appearance Friday. A preliminary hearing in her case was scheduled for Aug. 4.

Nelson said Miyamae could return home to Longmont, Colo., and could use airports to travel back to Arizona as part of her work as a translator.

"I am commuting from Colorado to Phoenix every week for the job I am currently working," Miyamae told Nelson.

Miyamae and the TSA didn't return calls from The Associated Press on Monday.



Video of Miyamae's court appearance: http://tinyurl.com/6fhrusu