Woman Suing Federal Government After TSA Screeners Exposed Her Breasts to Entire Airport (And Asked for Video)

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Listen, we know the TSA's been unpopular lately. But are they really so bad? What about this time a TSA screener pulled down a woman's blouse while frisking her? And then laughed about it? Yes. Yes, they are that bad.


The incident occurred during the spring of 2008 at Corpus Christi airport, and has (shockingly!) prompted legal action on the part of the victim. And yes, she was a victim: "As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff's blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs' breasts to everyone in the area," say lawsuit documents. "As would be expected, plaintiff was extremely embarrassed and humiliated."

The woman, highly upset, proceeded to leave the screening area to collect herself. You know, after forcibly going topless in the middle of airport security. And when she came back? A display of class about on par with a fraternity basement at 2 am: "One male TSA employee expressed to the plaintiff that he wished he would have been there when she came through the first time and that 'he would just have to watch the video.'" Right on brah! Topless travelers! Molestation! Betraying your obligation to protect public safety!

We hope the woman's attorney will be able to accomplish what an ignored complaint to the TSA failed to—get some assholes fired. [Amarillo Globe-News]



First, something tells me there's more to the story than meets the eye. (i.e. at the very least, the word "allegedly" should be used here.)

Second, people need to suck it up a little. The internet's full of porn — I don't understand why anyone thinks a TSA agent could get off to blurry black and white x-ray shots.

Third, the use of the word "groping" is pure flamebait that does nothing to move the conversation forward. (It's the equivalent of calling Obama a socialist, or Bush a nazi — doesn't accomplish anything.) Yes, changes to the policy are needed, but same gender pat downs, even high up and down the leg, != groping. I've been subjected to it — comfortable? Nope. But I never felt "groped."