Another Day, More Complaints About TSA Searches and Pat-downs
Complaints about intrusive and inappropriate body searches and pat-downs at airports appear to be never-ending, and they're increasing. This week's complaints come from Tennessee and Florida.
A Florida man and woman, both in wheel chairs, say Transportation Security Administration agents went entirely too far in searching them at the airport in Rochester, New York.
Jason Steitler and his wife were flying home to Florida, and they say the search they had to submit to was extremely thorough, even though both were in wheelchairs.
He says "They had me do a pushup in my chair, and then got down into my inner thigh around my back side." He described it as the most thorough search he's ever experienced in his life.
Steitler's wife, Jennifer, says it was so thorough it was like being "search raped". She says the agent patted her down nearly to her crotch.
Steitler says they complained to the TSA, but they only got a standard form letter in reply.
In another incident in Nashville, Tennessee, a woman was arrested after she loudly and "vigorously" protested the way TSA agents body-searched her six year old daughter.
Nashville airport authorities say the woman was belligerent and verbally abusive to security officers, and she yelled and swore at TSA agents, saying she did not want her daughter to be “touched inappropriately or have her “crotch grabbed.”
When Abbott refused to calm down, she was taken to jail and charged with disorderly conduct.