In March the TSA announced that pat downs would become more ‘intimate’ and began reaching out to local law enforcement to let them know they’d be getting complaints about sexual assault but to please ignore them.
TSA believed that since they’d basically be sexually assaulting passengers at will, some passengers may fail to understand that it’s not sexual assault when the government does it.
One Southern California woman fails to grasp this.
“By instruction, I had my legs apart, I had my arms up and I think the first place she was first touching me was my ankles,” Riede said.
She said the agent got too close to her groin, and inappropriately touched her.
“I kind of jumped because I’m not expecting that,” she recalled.
Reide told NBC 7 she complained to supervisors and she was told to contact TSA to file a report.
Of course this is perfectly appropriate because it’s procedure
A spokesperson for TSA told NBC 7 they are aware of the incident and have reviewed the surveillance footage. However, the TSA said the agent was following protocol.
The TSA explained that safety is their top priority and as of March 2, TSA changed their standardized pat down procedure. The agency insists the pat down was not inappropriate.
There’s no momentary thought to question whether what the TSA dictates as procedure is ethical or appropriate, except to say ‘safety’ though a TSA that misses nearly ever piece of contraband going through the checkpoint cannot possibly contribute to safety.
In The Road to Serfdom‘s chapter 10, “Why the Worst Get on Top” F.A. Hayek writes of “an increasing tendency among modern men to imagine themselves ethical because they have delegated their vices to larger and larger groups. To act on behalf of a group seems to free people of many of the moral restraints which control their behavior as individuals within the group.”
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
Random groping by one of the 20,000 TSA employees accused of misconduct isn’t how you get it.
It’s worth reminding that Denver screeners were caught manipulating the nude-o-scopes to ‘alarm’ so that they could fondle attractive passengers.
TSA used to stand for ‘taking scissors away’ now it stands for ‘twisted sexual assualt’: