TSA Pat Down Went Too Far, Agency Chief Says

From ABCNews:

The beleaguered head of the Transportation Security Administration said today that at least one airport passenger screening went too far when an officer reached inside a traveler’s underwear, and said the agency is open to rethinking current protocols.

An ABC News employee said she was subject to a “demeaning” search at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning.

“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around,” she said. “It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.”

That search was against protocols and “never” should have happened, TSA administrator John Pistole told “Good Morning America” today.

“There should never be a situation where that happens,” Pistole said. “The security officers are there to protect the traveling public. There are specific standard operating protocols, which they are to follow.”

Pistole, responding to complaints from passengers, has said the TSA would not change its pat-down procedures but today said the agency was “open” to changing security procedures.


  1. The frog continues to boil nicely. Still no mass revolt, just a lot of grumbling. TPTB ain’t gonna sweat. Stay on course for full spectrum dominance.

    Coming in 2014: random physical strip searches. To keep us SAFE.

    Coming in 2018: random cavity searches. To keep us SAFE.

  2. The only way this is going to get resolved is if Americans start taking trains and buses (or driving themselves) and stop using American airlines and airports (take a train to Canada to catch your international flight). At least we would get to find out who has the most lobbying power.
    Rapiscan or the airlines
    Of course, none of this will happen. I for one am not flying into or out of any American airports until things change.

  3. By now everyone at the TSA has to understand they went too far, and that it’s not appropriate or likely even legally defensible.

    Now I’m just waiting for them to man up and take down the whole program. But goddamnit, they have to save face, they have to dig themselves further in by saying, “no, patdowns stay, we made the right choice,” don’t they?

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