October 23, 2003

More Email

I got another email from this place and thought I'd share part of like I did the last one.

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72 Women Charge Sexual Assault by Airport Screeners

In Atlanta, Georgia, 72 women have filed charges against airport
security screeners charging, them with sexual assault.

The women say their breasts and genitals were fondled, and in several
cases security screeners rubbed against their bodies.

Since 9-11 – and particularly since the federal takeover of airport
security last year – molestation of airline passengers and theft of their
property have increased dramatically.

Columnist Rebecca Hagelin reports that a female airport security guard
"ran her hands across my breast and up my thighs." Then her 9-year-old
daughter was subjected to the same treatment. WorldNetDaily.com
publisher Joseph Farah says his 15-year-old daughter was "told to unbutton
her pants and roll them down below the beltline."

“When John Latta flew to Reagan National Airport from Miami last month,
he discovered that a $1,000 pair of binoculars were missing from his
checked luggage.”

“‘What can I do?’ he asked an airline agent who took a report. Her
answer, Latta said, was : ‘Nothing. Zero.’” (Sara Kehaulani Goo, “Eye on
luggage thefts,” Washington Post, 6-29-03)

In the six months since the federal Transportation Security Agency
(TSA) has taken over security at airports and ordered that luggage be left
unlocked, over 6,700 travelers have lodged complaints of theft. To
date, only about 10% have been resolved.

Perhaps these intrusions might be tolerable if they meant that airport
security has been dramatically improved. It hasn’t been.

Knives, boxcutters, guns and other weapons are still getting through
security even more frequently than before 9/11, according to the latest
FAA “Red Team” reports – despite the fact that screener’s salaries have
been more than doubled to a mind-boggling average of over $70,000 a
year! (Far more than most police veterans and FBI agents receive.)

Even worse, there is virtually no screening of service personnel and
maintenance workers, who have free access to airliners.

The abuse of hapless airline passengers and faltering airport security
are just two of the problems with federal attempts to make us safer.
Even more troublesome is the loss of our precious Constitutional rights,
thanks to the USA Patriot Act and other new laws which not one American
in 10,000 has read.

Posted by Ithildin at October 23, 2003 5:16 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

It's really vile. "Hey, lets give a lot of power to a bunch of guys who couldn't get a date if their lives depended on it, and then lets give them the authority to grope people". Which one was it: Beavis or Butthead who came up with this?

Posted by: tonecluster at October 23, 2003 6:56 PM

I have also had female screeners cup my breasts - their excuse was that they had to verify that I had on an underwire bra.
Happened twice - same screener, same airport - I fly a lot.

Posted by: Beth Donovan at October 24, 2003 12:34 PM

On December 31, 2001, my 20-year-old son and I flew back from Boston. I live in New York City. There were almost no passengers at Logan Airport. We were singled out for additional screening. I want to point out that I didn't set off any alarms, not with my body and clothing, or with my carry on bag. A female screener ran her fingers, slowly, and it seemed deliberately, over both of my breasts, and then giggled. I felt violated, as if I had been molested. I cringed, and couldn't say a word about it. In addition, I was angry. I wanted to cry, I wanted to scream, I wanted to run.
The experience did nothing to make me feel safer. Wasn't that supposed to be the point of additional screening? In Chicago, at O'Hare, a couple of months prior to the molestation experience, I watched a black female security guard pull white women out of the line for additional screening. She pulled no men out of the line. She tried to pick me, while I was sitting in my seat, but I wasn't flying on that flight. She seemed disgusted.

My childhood wasn't a positive experience, and when the screener touched my breasts, I found myself back in time, when I was six-years-old. I haven't told anyone about the experience, until now. Last night, I was channel surfing, and ran across a news program where they interviewed a lot of women who have experienced the same type of molestation, at various airports, perpetrated by screeners, many of whom were female. I am so disgusted, and all of this derives out of the Patriot Act.

I found this site while I was searching for the news program, which I can't seem to find. I'll keep looking. I had no idea the problem was so pervasive, until I saw last night's news segment covering the issue.

Posted by: Susan Berlowitz at October 24, 2004 9:40 AM