You Gonna Get Groped

Continuing the Fly the Sexual Abuse Skies topic (check the comments there for several updates), we only have one piece of good news: Muslims are not going to get a religious exemption to TSA screenings. Apparently even our government is incapable of breaking that far from reality (at least, not after the recent elections). As it turns out, there’s no law requiring airports to use TSA security personnel; so Minneapolis airport has apparently hinted that it’s considering private screeners instead of TSA. Not that this is a cause for optimism, since private screeners would be unlikely to be too different or more effective than the TSA. If they actually tried common-sense procedures (including profiling) they’d be sued back into the stone age by Islamic groups like CAIR (who’ve only recently left the stone age and thus know the way). They’d certainly never be able to adopt the procedures used by Israel which make them the safest in the world without requiring airport security to physically count the number of testicles each man is carrying.

(Picture H/T: Iowahawk)

Former TSA security director Mo McGowan admits that the Fourth Amendment is being violated but insists “we’re going to have to do it” anyway. The TSA is actually investigating John Tyner, threatening fines over $10,000, for refusing to be searched and leaving the airport. Others are bringing suits against the TSA:

“In one shocking incident, TSA goons pulled down woman’s blouse, exposing her breasts, and laughed about it.”

And this is all before the latest expansion of TSA procedures which allows them to put their hands down your pants. As someone observed, we’ve been getting screwed by the government for years – now they’re finally giving us foreplay.

And just a reminder: Not a single one of these naked scanners or genital gropes in American airports would have done a thing to stop terrorists and bombs that get onto planes in Europe or Yemen and fly here. The most recent incidents of bombs found on planes, and many of the other incidents used to justify this ramping-up of personal abuse by the government, have absolutely nothing to do with what actually happened nor with how it was prevented.

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7 Responses to “You Gonna Get Groped”

  1. RoboMonkey Says:

    L.A. food stylist pulled from flight for ‘Atom Bomb’ tattoo

    Pearson was temporarily asked to step off the plane and learned that another passenger had reported him for suspicious behavior, and noted that he had the words “Atom Bomb” tattooed across his fingers. Questioned by the captain and the flight attendant, Pearson explained that the tattoos referred to a childhood nickname. After answering a few more questions, Pearson – who is a frequent Delta passenger and has flown over 142,000 miles with the airline this year alone – was allowed to return to his seat.

    (H/T: PBird)

  2. RoboMonkey Says:

    Flashback: Check out this story from eight years ago where Penn Jillette called the police after being groped: “You have to ask me before you touch me or it’s assault.”

  3. RoboMonkey Says:

    My Very Own TSA Nightmare

    I went through the scanner fully cooperating and followed the instructions. Yet I was still taken aside as I exited the machine. No warning bells went off like with the old metal detectors, so I thought it might be random. As I was asked to move aside, a TSA woman said to me: “Do you know you look like Ron Jeremy (the porn star)? I guess you get that a lot.” … They took me aside and did the pat-down, feeling all over my body as is their habit. Then the TSA officer proceeded to feel my stomach as if I were a pregnant woman. He explained that I had a hard patch on my stomach and they wanted to check it and make sure it was all me. It was painful and disturbing. I informed the TSA officer that it was the scar from my colon cancer operation that went from my crotch to my sternum. A day later the scar still hurts from the kneading and prodding. I was informed they were checking in order to determine if I had anything sewn into my stomach. … So in just five minutes I was told I looked like a notorious porn star by a TSA female employee and then had my scar examined by a man. I was so very pleased to be reminded of the painful and frightening (I had post-op complications including “dying several times”) experience of a few years ago. I guess there is a new category of suspect persons to the TSA: “traveling with scars.” …

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  5. RoboMonkey Says:

    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — The San Mateo district attorney’s office has a warning for all TSA personnel at SFO – anyone inappropriately touching a passenger during a security pat down will be prosecuted. Incoming San Mateo DA Steve Wagstaffe says any complaints of inappropriate touching during an airport security pat down will land on his desk. “The case would be reviewed and if we could prove the elements of it, that it was inappropriately done with a sexual or lewd intent, that person would be prosecuted,” he said. The charge – sexual battery. … (H/T: Running Bare, C2)

  6. anarem Says:

    Since I usually travel with my husband who has many scars, that post really disturbs me. Yes, he has had to drop trou for these fools in public…if he did that in any other place, they’d arrest him!

  7. pbird Says:

    Jeeminies, for a joke I was going to try smuggling something in my bra a few weeks ago. Good thing I didn’t.

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