Don’t think those enhanced pat downs are excuses for the TSA to get their jollies? At Denver they were.
Here’s how the creepy scam worked:
“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”
The TSA learned of this November 18 but didn’t act on the information until February. They monitored the screeners involved — who were identified because they bragged to other TSA employees about it — and confirmed it was happening.