Comment Last Three
November 19, 2010
I fly a lot in my business and recently I was going through Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) on my way to New York. There were two lines for going through security--one with the new total body scanner and the other the walk-thru metal detector. This was the first day of the "new TSA regulation" that violates our civil rights.
I put my things on the conveyor belt and then started to walk through the regular walk-thru metal detector and was stopped by a TSA agent. He said that I "had" to go through the full body scanner and I said "No" that I did not want to go through it since I did once before and did not like it. I told him that I would offer two forms of ID (military being one of them) and I would go through the regular metal detector.
He screamed at me and said to stop and called over a supervisor. I told the supervisor that I would go through one, but not the other. He said that TSA decides who goes through which machine and that if I did not want to go through the full body scanner, they would do a search. I have been through many searches where you put out your arms and spread your legs and they use a hand-held metal detector that scans over your body. The supervisor said that they would do a full pat down like when you are a prisoner and going to jail.
I refused and told him to get the regulation and show me that their screening included this aggressive style pat-down. He refused and said that if I did not go through the pat-down, I could not enter the airport to fly to New York for my meeting. After 30 minutes of argument, I let them pat me down and it was very aggressive and I told the agent that I was not happy about it and that they were going beyond their duty. I asked the TSA supervisor if they profiled Muslin men between the ages of 17 to 30 and he said “No” since it would be racial harassment. Well, doing aggressive pat-downs is harassment.
Below are my questions to TSA and the Obama administration:
1. Can TSA do aggressive pat-downs on all illegals coming across the border?
2. What types of disease, virus, and other medical problems are passed to passengers by the TSA agents since they do not change gloves for each passenger?
3. How many people are allergic to polyester gloves?
4. When the pat-downs go beyond a pat-down to the skin, and to the genital parts of your body, that is no longer a pat-down, is that an invasion of your person and sexual harassment?
5. What is the difference between a TSA agent and a Child Molester?
6. Why are they checking all AMERICANS traveling within OUR country with this new method?
7. Is TSA really looking for terrorists or are they just forcing Americans to 'accept' intimidation & control?
I think the next time I travel; I will strip down to my underwear and then ask if they want to see more. Maybe we need streakers and some full moons at the TSA security points.
The Obama administration is all about control, not about finding terrorists nor protecting the US citizen.