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Another Day, Another Tale Of TSA Agents Sexually Harassing Travelers

February 16, 2011 at 4:29 PM | by | ()

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 because—as other agents have admitted—the 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 Philadelphia—but 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?

[Photo: TSA]

Related Stories:
· '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]

Archived Comments:

So One's Stripping For The Body Scan

So One's Stripping For The Body Scan By D.K. Milgrim-Heath©2010 So one's stripping for the body scan- Not done by everyone - any woman or man. Revealing one's Speedos, panties and bra- You need to proudly flaunt your body there you are. For most people this clothing stripping really won't do- Because the TSA still humiliates people through and through. No- I don't want the TSA touching the private parts belonging to me- That really humiliates me as a person destroying my dignity. Noticing many people in our government don't need a search- That galls me immensely by their chosen high perch. Holidays are made nervous by each pat -down pat- What happens to women passengers in burka's are they exempt? Are they checked out in a private room where no other females are sent? Deplorable about the passengers with prosthesis the horrors they've gone through- Being exposed to the whole world -their identities made public known to you. When an airline passenger had his colostomy bag destroyed- That TSA employee couldn't care less for this passenger's embarrassment they employed. My heart went out to this passenger having to having to walk away with urine all over himself- That could have been fully avoided in privacy for his health. That poor lady having to show her breast prosthesis in public to a TSA employee- Was humiliated beyond repair as a matter of fact quite heavily. Really there has to be other ways for passenger's dignities and safety sake- To thwart future terrorists on the make.