“Being Molested Should Not Be A Condition of Getting on a Flight”
This memorable quote from would-be passenger, John Tyner has made national news, along with his comment that no one should “touch his junk”.
You can watch the video here, check the time stamp of 3:23 :
Here is a news segment about a 3-year old girl being “searched against her will,” which sure seems like sexual abuse to me:
Here is the Yahoo news story about it
The software engineer posted an Internet blog item over the weekend saying he had been ejected from the San Diego airport after being threatened with a fine and lawsuit for refusing a groin check after turning down a full-body scan. He said he told one federal TSA worker, “If you touch my junk, I’m gonna have you arrested.”
Tyner, who was eventually told he could not fly at all because he refused both modes of search, captured the incident on his cell phone.
“This is not considered a sexual assault,” a supervisor can be heard telling him.
“It would be if you were not the government,” replies Tyner.
While men are starting to talk about this level of human touching, it reminds me a lot of the discussion about what someone in authority should be allowed to do with another person’s genitalia that occurs with doctors, police officers, and now, security “agents.”
There has been much talk lately about birth rape, physicians raping women, the long-hidden sexual abuse of Catholic priests, and now the government officials supposedly acting as security officials get to do a “buttocks and groin” check? Yes, seriously, it happens:
The scanners show a body’s contours on a computer stationed in a private room removed from the security checkpoints. A person’s face is never shown and the person’s identity is supposedly not known to the screener reviewing the images. Under TSA rules, those who decline must submit to pat-downs that include checks of the inside of travelers’ thighs and buttocks.
While some people may say that this makes them feel safer, I am not alone is stating that it’s simply much easier to drive. Why should passengers be subject to more radiation in a scan, more information than the general public has about themselves (people can’t rent their own ultrasound machine, give other people -rays, or perform their own scans at home), or than a medical facility can provide. So now TSA employees can tell which woman has her tubes tied, which person has a plate in their leg, who has a pregnancy and whether or not someone has something like a menstrual pad between his or her legs? Really, if that’s not enough to push people away from flying, I don’t know what is. I see it as a huge part of reproductive privacy: it’s none of their business whether or not I am wearing a pad or pregnant. And what about the lifetime radiation risk to our children?
As a parent, it seems the safest mode of travel is not by aircraft. Even the pilots are chafing at these rulings. If the pilots won’t fly, I guess that will take care of the problems pretty quickly.
Incidentally, there is also a video about TSA abuse too:
Here is a post regarding TSA employees putting women and children through naked body scanners, and that women can have their breasts squeezed:
In another incident, a TSA officer arrested for assault and battery:
Since 2008, the TSA has been trying to revamp its image:
Note that the TSA authority states “this is war,” as if war is being waged at the airports. Don’t you want to fly now?