Spanish prince involved in Airport flap

April 13, 2004 at 12:32 PM
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MIAMI, April 13 (UPI) -- Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas has apologized to Prince Felipe of Spain over a baggage-screening flap at Miami International Airport.

City Manager George Burgess has also issued a scathing report on how the matter was handled by the federal Transportation Security Administration, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

But the TSA is not backing down, despite the allegations that the crown prince was treated rudely and improperly.

"We owe no apology for what the public has a right to expect," said Laura Stover, a TSA spokeswoman. "Under these circumstances we were required by law to conduct proper screening procedures."

Members of the prince's entourage at one point grabbed the prince's belongings after the items were publicly pulled out of the carry-on baggage, Burgess's report said.

It also said it became so heated that a TSA supervisor, upset at Spain's deputy counsel for screaming in her face, she called for police assistance.

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