International Bon Vivant and Raconteur (nick_kaufmann) wrote,
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur

Thank Goodness the TSA Protected Us From Her Panty Liner!

A female passenger has claimed that she was assaulted by TSA agents when she was ordered to be patted down because her sanitary towel showed up on the body scanner. The woman was wearing a flannel panty liner, that evidently aroused suspicion, causing her to endure what she described as a "horrible" experience. She said the invasive patdown was additionally humiliating because it brought back memories of a previously suffered sexual assault. "But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to a search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assaults."

Just a reminder, folks: these TSA horror stories you're hearing? They're not happening under a reactionary Republican administration. They're happening under a so-called progressive Democratic one. And the Obama administration is joining the TSA in its "shut up and take it" attitude, going so far as to call stories like the one above exaggerated or even fabricated.

Still think one political party gives more of a damn about you than the other? Here's a lesson to take home. Neither party gives a flying fuck about you, your civil rights, the Constitution, or anything other than looking tough and holding on to power, no matter what the cost. The sooner we commit that lesson to memory, the sooner we can do something to change it.

Until then, and here's another fun tidbit from the same article:

Doctors are also now questioning the hygiene of TSA agents who conduct hundreds of patdowns daily. Although they wear gloves, it is being reported that viruses like syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, chlamydia, strep and papilloma viruses can be transferred from passenger to passenger during the body searches. Alarmed travellers have noted that the TSA agents do not change gloves in between patdowns and were actually patting down dozens of passengers or more wearing the same gloves.

And how about this one:

Privacy-invasion claims like Eliana Sutherland's have become increasingly common since the TSA introduced the full body scan. She complained that she was singled out by agents because of her large breasts. She said she was flying from Orlando International Airport and felt objectified by security workers, claiming two male TSA workers had been staring at her chest and picked her out for additional screening. "It was pretty obvious. One of the guys that was staring me up and down was the one who pulled me over," she said. "Not a comfortable feeling."

Feel safer yet?
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