Sunday, November 21, 2010

More TSA Abuse: TSA Goon Selects Young Boy For Enhanced Screening, Strips And Gropes Him At Salt Lake City Airport

Update November 22nd: Post retitled to reflect the revelation by CNN, the Salt Lake Tribune, and KSL Channel 5 that the incident took place at Salt Lake City International Airport. In addition, TSA now reveals that the boy did trigger an alarm, leading to the enhanced screening.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) continues to engage in provocative and abusive behavior nonstop. This story hasn't broken the media's radar screen yet, but it has shown up on RedState and a host of other blogs. The undated video embedded below shows a TSA screener selecting a young boy for "enhanced screening". On the surface, it appears the screener remains reasonably professional, but you can see the boy has to partially disrobe and then the screener paws and gropes him.

For the rest of the story, we turn to the YouTube channel where this originated. The person shooting the video was about 30 feet away. Before the video started, the boy went through a metal detector and didn't set it off but was selected for a pat down anyway. The boy was shy so the TSA screener couldn't complete the full pat down on him. The father tried several times to hold the boy's arms out for the screener, but it wasn't good enough. Finally, the enraged father pulled his son's shirt off and gave it to the TSA agent to search, and that's where the video begins.

Of course the boy was shy; he's been taught the difference between "good touching" and "bad touching". He's never heard about this type of touching. Disrobing a kid in front of the public in an airport is particularly humiliating and grossly excessive.

This incident occurred hot on the heels of another incident in Detroit on November 7th when Thomas Sawyer, a retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, FL, said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. Sawyer was selected for "enhanced screening", and noted that “One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.” After the screening, the screeners never apologized and didn't offer to help him out; humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.

Either TSA scraps these pat downs or there's a risk of a serious disturbance breaking out at one of our airports, particularly with the busiest flying days of the season approaching.


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