Actor Judge Reinhold apologizes after arrest at Dallas airport

Judge Reinhold (Dallas Police Department)
Judge Reinhold (Dallas Police Department)

DALLAS (AP/KXAN) — Actor Judge Reinhold has apologized to police, saying he’s embarrassed that he was arrested after a confrontation with security at Dallas Love Field Airport.

Police arrested the 59-year-old actor Thursday afternoon on a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge after he refused a Transportation Security Administration screening. It is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

Reinhold apologized after his release from jail Friday. He says he walked through a TSA scanner but refused to let agents examine his backpack, which contained DVDs and CDs.

He indicated that his “self-righteous indignation” was connected to an adverse reaction he had to medication for a respiratory infection earlier in the week.

Reinhold, who lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, appeared in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Beverly Hills Cop.”

Reinhold’s attorney released a statement Friday on behalf of the actor:

“I have to say that the past 48 hours have been the most unusual, hair-raising and regrettable two days of my life. At best, it’s a cautionary tale.

No matter how seemingly harmless a medication can be, don’t ever introduce anything into your body chemistry when you’re about to travel. I was prescribed the antibiotic Cipro for a respiratory infection the night before a flight.

Within 20 minutes of taking it I looked like I’d been bitten by Spiderman and blew up like the Macy’s day parade. Thankfully, against my protest, my wife called 9-1-1. Paramedics arrived with epinephrine and super-Benadryl and took me to the hospital for observation. They gave me Zantax and Prednisone to ward off any recurrence of the reaction while in flight.

I was calmly told that if my wife had not called 9-1-1 there was a good chance I may not have made it there.

Rescheduled flights for the next morning. Successfully walked through the TSA scanner only to be told by a trainee that it looked like I had a mysterious shape in by backpack. This turned out to be a dense stack of DVD and CDs I ALWAYS carry without incident.

Because of my bag I was told I had to get the pat down.

It was then I started to argue with TSA over something I had no control over. Never a good idea.

Two Dallas police officers came over and gave me every opportunity to keep my mouth shut. I didn’t comply with the pat down or their suggestions. This led to my arrest. I knew better, I just didn’t do the right thing.

I feel especially embarrassed about self righteous indignation when I’ve enjoyed 30 years of support and camaraderie with law enforcement.

I want to apologize to the Dallas police for wasting their time today. I want to acknowledge TSA’s experienced agents as well as the recent influx of trainees that seem unprepared to detain people.”