Passenger Arrested for Punching TSA Agent by Fran Golden Posted Nov 18th 2010 10:24 AM

More proof of increasing tension at airport security checkpoints. An airline passenger has been arrested for punching a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer in the chest after passing through a full-body scanner at Indianapolis International Airport.

John Christina, 51, of Simsbury, CT, says the incident was a joke. But the TSA says it is no laughing matter.

“TSOs (Transportation Security Officers) are on the line defending the nation against terrorism every day. This is shameful,” TSA Press Secretary Nicholas Kimball tells AOL Travel News. “We are working with law enforcement to make sure this type of thing doesn’t happen.”

Christina, a computer consultant, admitted to punching the officer. He was arrested, spent the night in jail and was released on $150 bond, with a superior court date set for Dec. 13

“If I had hit him with any malice or intent that would have been one thing. That was not my intention,” Christina tells the Indianapolis Star newspaper….