Elena Reichman does not appear to be a threat to the traveling pocket, but according to police she warrants a felony battery charge over a confrontation over a secondary search at the Palm Beach International Airport. The 74-year-old grandmother and Holocaust survivor spent the night in jail over an incident that appears to have been the result of a combination bad judgment and bad manners.
The incident occurred when Reichman was traveling to New York for passover. When she set off the metal detector, she was told that she would have to go through a secondary search with a hand-held wand. She allegedly became nasty and refused. She was then moved to a separate area and allegedly pushed away. There is no allegation the she struck the officer or slashed at her with a broke bottle. A single shove was charged as felony battery — a now all too common practice of charging shoves or bumps that were once dismissed as rude behavior.
None of this excuses Reichman’s behavior. If these allegations are true, she acted rudely and recklessly. However, it is not clear why this could not have been handled without a felony charge.
Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz still seems to believe that the belligerent grandmother collar was a key blow to terror.
“The public needs to realize that anyone can pose a threat,” Koshetz said. Hmmm. I can understand the general point but a threat of what?
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