The following is an excerpt from an email I received a couple weeks ago:
Today when flying from Boston Logan to BWI my 17 year old daughter had quite an unpleasant experience due to the new scanner malfunctioning. There was some confusion of whether there was a scan or not. She was told that she needed to submit to a full pat down after being told “it did not scan” . She was told she would need a pat down. Being 17 she had no idea what that meant and how intense a full detailed full body pat down can be. Even when she began to cry, the TSA agent continued the pat down. My daughter felt molested and humiliated and as a parent I was helpless to stop this violation. Also, the gentleman behind her had a full body pat down which leads me to believe the machine was not working for anyone. However his pat down was not as intense as my daughters.
My daughter who is a seasoned traveler and even visited Israel this summer has never experienced such extreme searches If they were to have asked her the reason for her visit, as they do in other countries, they would have learned she was no threat and was merely on a college visit to MIT. As a parent, I have serious concerns that such a search would be done on a 17 year old minor. The searches cross the line, she was molested for no reason.
Along similar lines, here’s a lovely lady who reminds me of my own little girls in a few years:
Then there’s the grown man and airline pilot who puked in his own driveway after being violated by the TSA. This is from the US Airline Pilots Association (Captain ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’s union):
The TSA’s rapid deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening machines, followed by the new Enhanced Pat-Down procedures, have caused turmoil for airline pilots and the traveling public alike. These changes are far reaching, intrusive and have been implemented almost overnight, leaving little time for groups who are adversely affected to form a response.
…One US Airways pilot, after being selected for an enhanced pat-down, experienced a frisking that has left him unable to function as a crewmember. The words this pilot used to describe the incident included “sexual molestation,” and in the aftermath of trying to recover, this pilot reported that he had literally vomited in his own driveway while contemplating going back to work and facing the possibility of a similar encounter with the TSA…
Now, lest you tough guys think he just sounds like a whiner, keep in mind that this is the union’s retelling of the story. I’ve spoken with the guy several times myself and can tell you he’s as level-headed as they come – just a regular, 40-something airline pilot like anyone else you’d see dragging his bags through the terminal. There is a bit more to his story and I’m sure it’ll come out in the days ahead.
They can use words like ‘advanced imaging’ and ‘pat down’ all the want. But the fact is, it is what it is. And, just to be clear, my definition of is is is.