TSA statement regarding attack on TSA officers at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

For Immediate Release 
Public Affairs 
Contact: tsamedia@tsa.dhs.gov  

PHOENIX – "At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, multiple TSA officers (TSOs) at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport were attacked by a male individual who attempted to rush through the security checkpoint in Terminal 4. TSOs and officers with the Phoenix Police Department who are assigned to the airport immediately intervened and subdued the individual who was subsequently arrested. This unprovoked and brazen physical attack against our TSOs is unacceptable. We are grateful for our committed workforce and for the role they play in protecting the traveling public every day. We continue to monitor the safety and health of the TSOs involved in this incident and will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.”

Additional information

  • The TSOs who were attacked have sought medical attention.
  • The individual is currently in the process of being booked into jail and law enforcement continues to investigate the incident.