It is the modern equivalent of the “man bites dog” story. Every week, TSA agents are accused of groping old ladies or toddlers. Now, Yukari Mihamae, 61, is accused of groping a TSA agent at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.
The agent alleges that the Colorado woman grabbed her left breast with both hands. The charge is sexual assault as opposed to simple assault. Mihamae now faces a felony count of sexual abuse.
It is a measure of the widespread opposition to the practices of the TSA that groups have sprung up to support Mihamae and to call for her acquittal. That may be unlikely because she reportedly admitted to the act and it was likely on videotape. Nevertheless, she has been compared to civil rights figures. One supporter proclaimed “She’s a modern day Rosa Parks, standing up to ‘Authority’!” Of course, Parks just refused to get up, she didn’t grope bus driver James Blake in Montgomery, Alabama.