Former Miss USA Traumatized by TSA in Dallas
BY KELLY HOLT
28 APRIL 2011
Susie Castillo, 2003 Miss USA and semifinalist for Miss Universe, was subjected to an invasive TSA pat-down in the Dallas airport on April 21 that left her in tears and emotionally upset.
The Tenth Amendment Center reported of this event that Miss Castillo “likened the incident to molestation.” As a frequent traveler, she deliberately avoids the scanners in order to protect herself against excessive radiation exposure. This trip was no different, except that she was ordered to endure a full-body pat-down in lieu of going through the scanner. She had experienced a pat-down before in another airport which had not been too uncomfortable, so she felt certain she would be all right this time.
Shortly after the incident, while still in the airport and in tears, the former titleholder made a short video (watch below) relating the experience, in which she stated,
I’m sure this woman was just doing her job. But she … I mean she actually … felt … touched my vagina. And so I think that’s why I’m crying; that’s what I’m so emotional, because I’m already so upset that they’re making me go — making me do this. Making me choose to either get molested, because that’s what I feel like and, or, or, go through this machine that’s completely unhealthy and dangerous. I don’t want to go through it, and here I am crying.
But it is evident that, even though she was traumatized, she kept her wits and acted bravely in immediately recording the event, and calling her viewers to stand up against these violations, as she intends to do.