Two arrested, two deputies hurt during airport luggage dispute

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A dispute over checked luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport led to a scuffle that sent two deputies to the hospital and two travelers to jail, officials said.

It happened about 7:17 a.m. Tuesday when deputies were called to a disturbance in Terminal 2, as Delta Airlines flight 891 to John F. Kennedy airport in New York was boarding at Gate D8.

According to the arrest reports, Nick Bogomolsky, 61, and Ida Shafir, 67, both of Brooklyn, were trying to board the plane before the 7:25 a.m. departure but Bogomolsky was carrying three bags and refused to check the extra luggage.

Delta Airlines had announced over the public address speakers that the flight was fully booked and passengers would have to check their carry-on luggage at the gate for free, officials said.

Citing federal regulations, Delta staff told Bogomolsky and Shafir they would not be allowed on the flight unless they checked their bags, the report stated.

Shafir became upset and both refused to leave the boarding area so deputies were called in. After being told they were risking arrest if they did not leave the area, Shafir dared deputies to arrest her, officials said.

As one deputy tried to handcuff Shafir, they struggled, fell to the floor and she bit him on the left forearm, drawing blood, the report stated.

During the scuffle, Bogomolsky tried to grab the deputy’s gun from his holster. A second deputy wrestled Bogomolsky to the floor but the deputy hurt his knee and thumb in the process, investigators said.

Both deputies were taken to Broward Health Medical Center.

Among other things, Bogomolsky was charged with robbery for attempting to take the deputy’s gun. Shafir was charged with battery on an officer, and both were charged with resisting an officer with violence, and trespassing, records show.

The flight’s departure was also delayed by the commotion, officials said.

wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRoustan

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