TSA abuse: 17,000 and counting
by WENDY THOMSON
NOVEMBER 21, 2012
17,000 formal complaints have been filed about TSA “enhanced” pat-downs since 2009, according to a news report by Scott MacFarlane of WSBTV Channel 2, Atlanta. This is after a Congressman, Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas, reported that his 17-year-old niece was exposed during a pat-down. Since this is a Congressman, there is now a federal investigation underway. Once again, it pays to have friends in high places.
The TSA says that the “accident” was embarrassing. Oh, really? Such a brilliant conclusion. The offending officer was given more “training.” Not enough, apparently, as Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss demanded the TSA review “rigorous, potentially invasive screenings at Hartsfield-Jackson.” The fox is once again in the hen house.
It took two years for MacFarlane’s Freedom of Information Act request to be honored. Video did capture the incident, acknowledged in the report. The young woman’s sundress was pulled down, revealing her breasts, during a pat-down of her stomach.