Sacto 9-1-1
January 10, 2012
Sacramento deputies use Tasers on airport passenger who refuses to have bag screened

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies used their Tasers on a man who refused to go back through security screening at Sacramento International Airport this afternoon to retrieve something he had allegedly forgotten on his plane, according to authorities.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a local hospital for a "precautionary evaluation," said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.

Ramos said the incident began about 1:30 p.m., after the man deboarded a plane and walked outside the airport's secure area into the baggage claim area, then turned around and tried to get back into the secure area. He told the TSA agent who greets arriving passengers that he left something behind on his plane, Ramos said.

The TSA agent would not allow the man back into the secure area, and directed him to get a pass at the ticketing counter. The man returned to the security checkpoint with the pass, but reportedly refused to submit his bag for screening, Ramos said.

The man began arguing with TSA officials, and nearby deputies intervened, Ramos said. The argument turned into a physical altercation, and deputies used Tasers several times on the man before he stopped fighting, Ramos said.

Ramos said he did not know the contents of the man's bag, or what he had forgotten on the plane.

As a result of the confrontation, the wait line for security backed up, but only for a few minutes, Ramos said. No flights were affected.

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