Please review the following complaints made by airline passengers with caution. They are very graphic and disturbing:
“My penis was touched by a man. My anus and groin were rubbed by a man. My scalp was rubbed by the same person. How can this be acceptable…?”
“It is impossible to gain composure when a stranger has her hands in your underwear. A crowd gathered and watched and I never felt so humiliated. After it was over, I ran into the ladies’ room where I vomited and cried until my plane was boarding.”
“The agent also pulled down my shorts (about halfway), and I had to ask the agent to let me pull them back up. I was inappropriately touched, groped, rubbed, massaged and sexually harassed. The procedure was violating, degrading, invasive and humiliating.”
” It was obvious to me that this was punitive for refusing the body scanner…. Finally I was told to remove my sanitary napkin. By the time I got to the gate the jetway had been removed and I was not able to board.”
Recently this author published an article on TSA security myths and truths, revealing what many people do not know about the security measures now being employed by our national airports. It was met with scathing comments about the victimization of so many passengers who avow to never fly again.
In response, an in depth search to look at TSA complaints was launched, and revealed the information in this article. Please review this information with caution, as they have not been validated in a legal proceeding as of yet, and are only the accounts of an already outraged public. In other words, this article is not written to persuade the public to not fly or to retaliate against TSA staff or launch a protest against the new government security practices.
Some of the most common complaints that people have when boarding a plane and going through TSA security are the following:
*Many travelers are reporting intense feelings of violation and humiliation
*Some report being physically hurt by the searches
*Some feel their searches are punitive
*Reports of gawking by agents
*Reports of seemingly unnecessary repeated touching of intimate areas
*Many vow not to fly any more
*Any traveler may be forced to undergo one of these searches
Most people, including this author’s family, have had their own concerns with going through TSA security. “Will the airport I am going through have a TSA scanner?” Obviously, our government can’t afford to have one at every airport. Terrorists know this. This is also the crux of why many Americans doubt the new security measures will keep them safe. Here’s the site link to go to to answer that question.
Many people, who are mentally fragile as it is, have stated that the new TSA security measures violate their civil liberties. Many people who have been sexually molested or raped report being placed back into the moment when they experienced that terrible incident. As a rape victim, this author was intrigued by these complaints. As a former law enforcement officer, this author has had many pat down searches when entering public buildings in which security was at it’s peak. Those pat down searches never warranted revisiting the rape incident. However, they were not done by the TSA staff. They were done by security personnel in whichever jurisdiction was enforced to implement them.
Should rape victims be allowed to not have these TSA searches? Would this open a Pandora’s box of terrorism–i.e, terrorists claiming a rape history only to blow up a plane with the unsearched bomb? Would all Americans eventually catch on and claim a rape history for the sake of not being searched?
What about the children who have a TSA scan and are subjected to their bodies being exposed? Where do these images go? Are they saved? Some more influential or famous persons may object for the sake of exploiting their privacy.
Where do we draw the line with technology and the need to protect American citizens? Why do women need to remove their sanitary pads to ensure that they don’t have a bomb between their legs? (something this author never thought about occurring!). Are medical prothesis and cosmetic surgeries (like breast implants) warrant and more throughal searching? Will the TSA ban sites that are negative towards them as recently feared?
The psychological impact to sexual assaults can be overwhelming. There are also other concerns:
*Laptop searches (no suspicion is necessary–according to the DHS, TSA can search at their will)
*Watch Lists/No Fly (this list is fraught with inaccurate information. The Underwear Bomber wasn’t even on this list!)
*Target System (illegitimate targeting of innocent people for personal profit or gain)
So what can you realistically expect from these pat down searches and the TSA scanners? Here is a realistic idea of what to expect–and not from the mouths of the TSA.
As for the mental disparage of those who are going through this difficult holiday season (the holidays are tough on even the most mentally stable of persons!), take heart. There are still other ways to travel. they may not be the most desirable, but they will get one to grandma’s house without being groped!