One transport security officer was taken to a hospital and four to urgent care clinics, said Lorie Dankers, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration. All were treated and released.
The man attacked the officers around 9:45 am. Tuesday at a security checkpoint in Terminal 4 of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Dankers said.
Other transport security officers and members of the Phoenix Police Department subdued the man, she said. trespassing and resisting arrest, which are felonies, as well as five counts of misdemeanor assault, Phoenix Police Det.
"This unprovoked and brazen physical attack against our employees is unacceptable," said Dankers. "We are grateful for our committed workforce and for their role in protecting the traveling public every day. We continue to monitor the safety and health of TSOs involved in this incident and will cooperate fully with ongoing investigations."