Today’s TSA Grope Story

TSA groin searches menstruating woman:

I recently traveled via air, and was subjected to that new scanning device. “No problem,” I thought. I was wearing jeans and a linen tanktop, bra, panties, and one camoflauge pantyliner. I’m a rule follower, so I never have any problems at the airport. Not this time. I was stopped, and then held for 15 mintues while they tried to find a female supervisor. I couldn’t get to my bag, my shawl or my shoes; just standing there while the TSA agents kept me in one place. Now, I don’t want this to be about bad TSA agents; they were doing their job, they were as delicate as they could be, etc., etc. But what ultimately happened is that I was subjected to search so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assualts. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your “groin” while another woman watches on (two in my case – they were training in a new girl – awesome). So please, please, tell the ladies not to wear their liners at the airport (I didn’t even have an insert in). I’m a strong, confident woman; I’m an Army vet (which is why those camo liners crack me up), I work full-time and go to graduate school full-time, I have a wonderful husband, and I don’t take any nonsense from anyone. I don’t dramatize, and I don’t exaggerate. I’m trying to give you a sense of who I am so you won’t think that this is a plea for attention, or a jumping on the bandwagon about the recent TSA proposed boycott. I just don’t want another woman to have to go through the “patting down” because she didn’t know that her glad-rag would be a matter of national security.”


  1. 5 stages of grief:


    Sounds like she’s in 3, with a foot in 4. Maybe when she gets to 5, she’ll realise that her country (which she served) is well on it’s way to being an Orwellian Dystopia.

    You get just enough “Soma” from Brave New World to make it tolerable. The Internet functions as an enormous honey trap, so the security services get to know everything about the people that they would ever need (like the glass walled houses in Zamyatin’s “We”).

    All that’s needed now is one decent tipping point…

    Keep your passports lubed up.

  2. I wondered when this type of thing might start. Now, you don’t have to be a normal person, and be humiliated by being seen naked or groped. Now, you can be specially scanned in front of everyone because you are menstruating. Hooray! Because the cramps, bloating, irritation, mood swings, and general nastiness of that time is just not awful enough.

  3. I want to sympathize, but this woman seems like the kind of woman who if this had happened to another woman, she’d tell them to “stop whining”. But since it happened to her, then we’re supposed to understand that she’s a strong woman who’s not being dramatic or exaggerating. (You know, as opposed to other women.) She’s typical of so many Americans these days who are non-empathetic. They want everyone else to suck it up — until that is — it happens to them.

    All the media surveys prove that. But I think as more people start getting groped — even after they went through the machine — more people are going to start realizing that we’ve lost a lot more than our privacy.

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