Boomerang thrower faces criminal charge after dispute with airport security
Mon Jul 1, 6:08 PM ET
WINDSOR LOCKS, Connecticut - A world-class competitive boomerang thrower faces a criminal charge after trying to bring boomerangs through a security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport.
Betsylew Ross Miale-Gix, 43, of Brier, Washington, was arrested Sunday after arguing with a security screener at the airport, state police said.
The screener noticed the boomerangs inside Miale-Gix's carryon luggage and told her the items would have to be checked, state police said.
Miale-Gix became irate, began cursing, and then grabbed her bags from the screener, state police said. She continued to curse and use obscenities as she left the screening area, state police said.
She was arrested on a breach of peace charge, and released after posting a dlrs 500 bond.
"I tried to help him understand that they were delicate and they were breakable," she told The Associated Press Monday.
Miale-Gix is an attorney and a two-time member of the U.S. Boomerang Team. She is secretary of the U.S. Boomerang Association, and she formerly held the world record for Australian round, a top boomerang event.
Boomerangs are not specifically prohibited by the Transportation Security Administration. But any item deemed to present a threat may be prohibited from an aircraft cabin, according to the administration.
"A girl walked by us on the plane with two tennis rackets," Miale-Gix said. "A tennis racket is much more dangerous on that plane than any of our boomerangs can ever be."