Hannah Cohen was later released from jail and charges were thrown out, but the Cohen family is seeking $100,000 in physical and emotional damages.
According to Shirley Cohen, her daughter is partially deaf, blind in one eye and easily confused as a result of her aggressive cancer treatment. She said her daughter accidentally set off the metal detector and became frightened.
The lawsuit claims Hannah Cohen has an obvious physical and mental impairment and that TSA and airport police should have recognized her condition. The suit also claims that the airport is at fault for failing to properly manage its personnel.
TSA declined to comment because the lawsuit is still pending. The Memphis Airport Police Department has filed a motion to dismiss the suit against them for a multitude of reasons, mostly that they fall under the airport authority.