NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jury selection is under way in the trial of a Clarksville mother who berated Transportation Security Administration officers who were trying to pat down her teenage daughter at the Nashville airport.
Andrea Abbott is charged with disorderly conduct in the July 2011 confrontation.
Attorney Brent Horst has said his client may have been loud, but she was only exercising her right to free speech.
Abbott testified at a hearing last year that she was confused by the screening process. She thought her daughter had been singled out for a pat-down, but officers wouldn't tell her why.
The case briefly drew national attention as hundreds offered Abbott support and donations amid debate over whether new, intrusive screening methods should be allowed at airports.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.