TSA Bullied, Groped a Pregnant First Grade Teacher

Friday, April 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

Another day, another TSA groping. This time it was a young pregnant first grade teacher.


When you think of a young pregnant woman, does dangerous-to-national-security immediately come to mind? Time and again, we’ve seen TSA agents treat little kids, elderly folks, and people with disabilities like highly potential terrorists. While not all TSA screeners may enjoy performing enhanced pat-downs, there are TSA agents who seem to be drunk with power and misuse their authority at airports. Such may have been the case at Knoxville Airport when TSA agents seemed to go out of their way to harass a young pregnant woman.

We’ve looked at the controversy surrounding body scanner technology as EPIC challenged DHS and TSA’s use of those scanners. Some believe the body scanners are not safe. How much more might a pregnant woman worry about the risks? Previously TSA agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport pressured a pregnant woman into the full-body scanners; she had wanted a pat-down instead of exposing her unborn child to any possible scanner risk. In another case involving a pregnant mother, she had printed out the TSA breast milk rules in case there was a problem and agents tried to run it through x-ray. She ended up in a “glass cage” while a TSA agent told her to be quiet if she knew what was good for her.

While working on a holiday might put a person in a bad mood, that is no excuse for the TSA to take it out on innocent travelers. Pregnancy can certainly stir up hormones, but TSA agents singled out another pregnant woman. One of the main differences is that this pregnant lady wanted to go through the AIT scanners instead of having to endure the groping of an enhanced pat-down.

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