Two screeners fight each other and police during brawl at BWI

April 27, 2003|By Stephanie Hanes | Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF

Two security screeners at Baltimore-Washington International Airport were arrested yesterday after they began fighting with each other and then with Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers who rushed to the C pier to break up the scuffle.

It is the first time screeners with the Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency created in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, have been involved in such an incident, said TSA spokesman Brian Turmail.

Both screeners have been placed on administrative leave.

"We hold our screeners to a very high expectation," Turmail said. "They represent the most rigorous selection, they are the most thoroughly trained and are held to the highest expectation of any screeners in the history of the United States," Turmail said.

These screeners, however, are now charged with assault and other crimes.

According to Cpl. Greg Prioleau of the transportation authority police, the trouble started at the C pier about 2 p.m. yesterday, when Antwain E. Grant, 28, of Baltimore and Jayson Boyd, 23, of Mitchellville started arguing.

Three police officers tried to break up the fight. As they did so, Prioleau said, one of the screeners pushed an officer into a glass wall, shattering it and injuring the officer. The glass cut a second officer.

After police managed to control the screeners, he said, BWI paramedics took the two injured officers to North Arundel Hospital. Both were treated and released, Prioleau said.

Both Boyd and Grant refused to be taken to the hospital, and were treated by BWI paramedics at the scene.

Grant, of the 3400 block of Gwynns Falls Parkway, was charged with three counts of assault, resisting arrest, malicious destruction of property over $500 and disturbing the peace. Boyd, of Pebble Beach Drive, was charged with assault and disturbing the peace.

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