Fly The Sexual Abuse Skies

I personally haven’t flown anywhere in five years, because I thought airport security was getting unreasonable back then. Apparently, I hadn’t seen anything yet; but if I flew today, airport security would get to see it all. It remains an open question of how many other people will also get to see (H/T GoV) your p0rnoscanner pictures – in England, after a celebrity went through a body scanner, security personnel printed out his nude scan and asked him to autograph it. Tens of thousands of images are known to have been saved from a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse, despite ongoing claims by the TSA that such things are impossible.

However, even though I haven’t personally been subjected to the machines (or the alternate opt-out body search which follows new prison-shower-room parameters), airport security and protests against it have been much in the news lately. A pilot has refused the scan for privacy issues, although airline unions have raised concerns about the health issue of frequent X-rays for their personnel who have to go through them every time they go on a flight. (The same health concerns apply to any frequent travelers, or other people who are particularly vulnerable to X-rays like pregnant women and children. My wife pointed out that women also get X-rays more frequently as they get older because of mammograms, although I believe ObamaCare is trying to remove that concern – they already advocate reducing mammograms as a money-saving measure.) Another man, John Tyner, was ejected from an airport and threatened with a fine when he refused to go through either the scanner or allow himself to be groped.

Sign On San Diego — …He may not be the first traveler tossed from an airport for security reasons but he could well be the first to have the whole experience captured on his cell phone. During the next half-hour, his cell phone recorded Tyner refusing to submit to a full body scan, opting for the traditional metal scanner and a basic “pat down” – and then refusing to submit to a “groin check” by a TSA security guard. He even told the guard, “You touch my junk and I’m going to have you arrested.” …

“OK, I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying.”
“This is not considered a sexual assault,” replied the supervisor, calmly.
“It would be if you were not the government,” said Tyner.
“By buying your ticket you gave up a lot of rights,” countered the TSA supervisor.
“I think the government took them away after 9/11,” said Tyner.

The TSA thugs are even performing full-body searches on small children, which is yet another reason why I’m not taking my family into an airport any time soon.

Kevin at HillBuzz asked, “Would you be willing to strip down and walk through TSA in just your underwear as a protest?” Apparently, the Pirate Party in Germany have already done just that:

I question whether any large-scale protests of that sort will happen in America, since the lefties who usually like to strip-down in protest aren’t going to bother protesting anything the Obama administration does (although they marched in great, smelly numbers when the Bush administration did far less). Still, the anger is rising and protests of some sort are inevitable – although, given the Obama economy, it’s not like many of us will be able to afford to fly anymore anyway; so how will the airlines even know how many ticket sales they’re losing due to TSA policies?

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7 Responses to “Fly The Sexual Abuse Skies”

  1. RoboMonkey Says:

    Update: humorist Dave Barry has a blog entry called “Groin Update” about his recent experience with going through the scanner and then being given a  grope  pat-down by the TSA personnel because he had a “blurred groin”.

  2. RoboMonkey Says:

    Update II: The TSA is apparently giving in on molesting pilots – after all, they control the planes and don’t need to smuggle anything aboard to crash them – but they’re insisting that everyone else must be screened. Failure to welcome our new groin-grabbing overlords could be “subject to civil penalties.” (People respond!)

    Meanwhile, CAIR is insisting that muslim women be exempt from the airport searches. The very idea that anyone might even consider taking that request reasonably boggles the mind – yet one cannot discount the very real possibility that PC multiculturalists (the real Islamophobes) are considering just that. Imagine the irony of any muslims being exempt from airport security while the rest of us are scanned, groped, and otherwise bent over.

    (Some links H/T Flopping Aces.)

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  4. RoboMonkey Says:

    This from lovespoundcake on HillBuzz:

    There’s a trend going on Twitter right now – new TSA slogans – some examples:

    “Can’t see London, can’t see France, until we see your underpants!”
    “We’re your friends…with benefits”
    “we’re keeping abreast of the situation”
    “Putting the T&A back in TSA”
    “Those Losers at the IRS Only Wish They Had Our Perks”

  5. RoboMonkey Says:

    Update III: Rape Survivor Devastated by TSA Enhanced Pat Down

    “I flew to Chicago with no problems. Everything was the same as before. It was when I attempted to fly back to Minnesota that I found out about TSA’s new rules. What they did to me, in full view of everyone else in line, was like being sexually assaulted all over again. I was in shock. I hate myself that I allowed them to do this to me. I haven’t been able to stop crying since.” … Since Celeste didn’t agree to go through the scanner, the enhanced pat down began. “He started at one leg and then ran his hand up to my crotch. He cupped and patted my crotch with his palm. Other fliers were watching this happen to me. At that point I closed my eyes and started praying to the Goddess for strength. He also cupped and then squeezed my breasts. That wasn’t the worst part. He touched my face, he touched my hair, stroking me. That’s when I started crying. It was so intimate, so horrible. I feel like I was being raped. There’s no way I can fly again. I can’t do it.” The TSA has said that travelers will receive the pat downs by same sex TSA agents, but both Celeste and other fliers have refuted this.

    Jerry Goldberg of The Atlantic agrees with the common belief that those who opt out of the scanner are deliberately humiliated to intimidate others.

    The second lesson is that the effectiveness of pat-downs does not matter very much, because the obvious goal of the TSA is to make the pat-down embarrassing enough for the average passenger that the vast majority of people will choose high-tech humiliation over the low-tech ball check.

  6. pbird Says:

    I agree with Goldberg. They really don’t want to have to manually examine all travelers. They want to railroad us into the scan.

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