Category: TSA

Airport assault, theft suspect rejects plea deal, will go to trial

SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of slipping by TSA agents, assaulting a man and stealing his phone in the airport will not have a plea deal and will face a jury trial in July.

Negotiations between Victor Cossio’s lawyer and prosecutors are over after disputes on how much time he might spend behind bars.

Victor Cossio, 42, and his lawyer told Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills Monday morning that they rejected a proposed plea arrangement where Cossio would plead guilty to one 2nd-degree felony over matters of sentencing.

Cossio will instead have a two-day jury trial in July for three felony charges and one misdemeanor, and, if convicted, he could go to prison for decades.

Cossio was arrested in March at the Salt Lake City International Airport after police say he slipped by TSA agents, assaulted a man and stole his phone.

Then, after he was apprehended, Cossio had multiple boarding passes in his possession, none of which belong to him, police said.

Earlier this month, he and his attorney waived a preliminary hearing, anticipating that he would plead guilty to the single felony.

TSA Offers Reminders About Items Not Suitable for Travel

DES MOINES, Iowa – Officials with the Transportation and Security Administration  held a meeting Thursday at the Des Moines International Airport about how to make travelers more aware of what they can and can’t bring aboard.

This comes ahead of a busy summer travel season.

Security officials found more than 4,000 firearms in U.S. security checkpoints last year and 12 of those were in Des Moines.

While that’s one of the biggest concerns for airports, it’s not the only problem they run into.

“Golf clubs can’t come to the check point, they can go in a checked bag and that’s our biggest recommendation. Make sure you come in time so that if you have items like this that have to go in a checked bag that you have enough time to check these items underneath the plane,” said Emily Cooper, Lead Transportation Security Officer.

Officials urge if you’re ever unsure on what you can and can’t bring to check the Des Moines International Airport’s website or call (515) 256-5050 to ask ahead of time.