Another Day, Another Tale Of TSA Agents Sexually Harassing Travelers
February 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM
See if you've heard this one before. A prominent journalist, in this case TIME magazine senior editor Amy Sullivan traveling through MIA, declines a TSA Nudey Scanner and instead opts for one of the agency's Happy Patdowns. First she gets sneered at by an agent who implies that she's chosen poorly, presumably becauseas other agents have admittedthe enhanced patdowns are explicitly designed to be so uncomfortable that you opt for the scanners instead. Then some TSA bad apple adds sexual harassment to the entire experience because he enjoys wallowing in his petty power and figures that the traveler has a plane to catch anyway, so what's the harm?
In this case the charming coda was delivered by a male TSA agent allegedly saying "Hey, I thought she was mine - I was going to do her," a statement that reportedly left Ms. Sullivan "annoyed." Sullivan probably wasn't as annoyed as the woman who had her breasts exposed and got laughed at by TSA agents at Corpus Christi, or as the woman who got publicly patted down in the plexiglass cage and mocked for wearing a Cowboys jersey by TSA agents at Philadelphiabut she was still probably really annoyed.
According to the Daily Mail, the Department of Homeland Security has yet to comment on this most recent incident of TSA agents harassing Americans, though in fairness they're having a pretty busy day. Apparently DHS's Cyber Crimes Center, a program they run jointly with the Department of Justice, mistakenly took down 84,000 websites and replaced their frontpages with banners implying they had been seized for child porn. When asked about the mistakenly seized pages and subsequent humiliation of the pages' owners, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a speech about child porn being bad, which is true but doesn't really answer the question.
So you see, DHS's incompetence isn't limited to TSA, nor do they reserve their unblinking non-answers for citizens harassed at airports. TSA is just the agency that travelers have to deal with most often, and that's supposed to be focused on stopping the next plane hijacking, and that's about to unionize its workers so that it'll be functionally impossible to fire bad or abusive employees. Isn't that reassuring?
· 'I was going to do her!' The grubby comments by TSA agents that infuriated one female passenger [Mail Online]
· Airport Security [Jaunted]
· Full-Body Scanners [Jaunted]