Thousands Of Letters Reveal Graphic Tales Of TSA Abuses
Texas Watchdog reports on thousands of complaint letters about the TSA obtained through a freedom of information act that, together, weave an ugly picture of the indignities through which air travelers are forced to suffer.
Advances in joint replacement and the amazing new alloys used to make them are responsible for many of the indignities. A 57-year-old woman from Tyler, Texas implored outgoing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to put a stop to knee replacement discrimination that allowed TSA guards to run their hands over her breasts and bottom.
“And next week I am going to another small airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I don’t know these women. They could be perverts that are touching me and it was even worse to have someone in the room watching,” she wrote to Hutchison.
A woman flying out of Hobby Airport reported the “invasion of my vaginal area,” which caused her to have a traumatic reaction that lasted for days.
A woman flying out of Detroit Metro Airport tried to explain that after a rather serious cancer surgery she had been fitted with a urostomy bag for the collection of urine. Her searchers ignored her pleas that their rough grabbing and patting would break the seal of the bag and when it did, she wrote, “urine started dribbling down my shirt and into my pants.”
And it isn’t by any means only women. A veteran of the 10th Special Forces from Bradenton, Florida, says the metal body parts he earned from serving his country in combat also earned him pat-down “so rough he injured my testicles and was nauseated for hours.”
Does this make you feel safer?
This is America. We should be able to board a plane without having some rubber-gloved bureaucrat touch our genitals.Tags: 4th amendment, airport security, privacy, right to privacy, tsa