“Applesauce woman” Nadine Hays still fighting the TSA

by Lisa Simeone on January 5, 2013


Nadine Kay Hays is back in court.

Hays is the woman who was arrested, handcuffed, strip-searched, and jailed after the TSA decided she was too uppity. Hays had been escorting her ill, 93-year-old mother through security at the Burbank airport in 2009 when the TSA decided to confiscate the applesauce and yogurt the elderly woman needed to eat during the journey. In trying to retrieve her stolen items, Hays was accused by the TSA of hitting an agent. Prosecutors later charged her with battery.

A year later, in April of 2010, a judge threw the case out of court. Hays had won (though not before her mother could savor the victory with her; she had died a few weeks before).

Hays then decided to sue the TSA.

But apparently she’s representing herself in court, something that few of us mere mortals can do (hats off to the indefatigable Jon Corbett, however, who has managed to do it). This self-representation has led to a lengthy, unwieldy complaint and an increasingly frustrated judge.

The latest news is that if she doesn’t cut her complaint down to size (25 double-spaced pages instead of 129), her case will be thrown out.

I’m on Nadine Hays’s side. I hope she wins. I also hope she gets some professional legal advice.

(Photo: Stacy Spensley/Flickr Creative Commons)

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