TSA Swabbing Fliers’ Hands For Explosives During ‘Chat Downs’

Thursday, August 23, 2012
By Paul Martin

Journalist details ordeal at hands of ‘behavioral detection officer’

Steve Watson
Prisonplanet.com
Aug 23, 2012

A Michigan journalist suffering from a facial disability has described his treatment at the hands of a TSA behavioral detection officer as “frightening”, after he was detained and swabbed for explosives following a refusal to tell the agent what his business was on a domestic trip from Detroit to Grand Rapids.

Steve Gunn of The Muskegon Chronicle notes that he was approached by a female TSA agent at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and asked where he was going and why.

Gunn takes up the story…

“I’m headed home,” I replied.

Then she wanted to know where home was. That’s when the mental alarms went off and I realized I was being interrogated by Big Brother in drag.

I asked her why the federal government needed to know where I was going and what I would be doing. She explained that the questions were part of a new security “pilot program.”

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