Judge accepts amended complaint in TSA applesauce arrest


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A U.S. District Court judge has accepted a third amended complaint from a woman who got into a tussle with security officials at Bob HopeAirport when they wouldn’t allow her to bring applesauce and other snacks on a flight in 2009.

Nadine Hays of Camarillo claims she was taken into custody after the April 2009 incident based on a falsified citizen’s arrest form and tampered evidence.


U.S. District Court Judge Patrick Walsh said several defendants who have been served, including some airport employees, must now respond to allegations in Hays’ complaint — or enter a plea — by March 1.

The defendants include Tesia Tettah, the Transportation Security Administration employee with whom Hays allegedly got into a tug-of-war. The three arresting police officers from the airport are also named, as are the Burbank city attorney’s office, Burbank Police Department, airport police department and the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which oversees the airfield.

All of Hays’ previous complaints were rejected by Walsh, who described her second amended complaint — in which more than 60 defendants were named — as “long and rambling.’


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