Crime & Courts

City dismisses case against woman charged in TSA scuffle

Lila Mae Bryan, of Mesquite, Texas, was arrested and jailed May 31 after a scuffle at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.
Lila Mae Bryan, of Mesquite, Texas, was arrested and jailed May 31 after a scuffle at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. Courtesy photo

City prosecutors won’t pursue a misdemeanor battery charge against an 82-year-old woman who allegedly assaulted a TSA officer at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport last month.

Lila Mae Bryan, of Mesquite, Texas, was arrested and jailed May 31 following a scuffle, tipped off when she was told she couldn’t take a bottle of liquid hand soap on a flight because it exceeded the size limit for carry-on luggage.

Bryan – who said in an interview after her arrest that she was tired and hadn’t taken her bi-polar medication – stood accused of verbally abusing the officer and striking him on the arm.

Wichita City Attorney and Director of Law Jennifer Magana said that the case against Bryan was dismissed Friday morning. The TSA officer, she said, asked that the charge be dropped.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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