Over the weekend the case of a 95 year old woman who was humiliated by the TSA or Transportation Security Administration at a Florida airport has reignited the controversy over government backed criminal assaults and molestations of air travellers.
The woman, a cancer sufferer who could barely walk, was told that her incontinencey diaper was too soiled for inspection, and she was required to remove it in a toilet and then continue her interstate flight without underwear.
The distressing details of this incident can be seen on CNN here.
However for Australians these stories, and they are legion, are a reminder that this out of control US security agency will at random touch your children in ways that are criminally offensive in Australia, as well as sexually assault adults of any age, as part of the security insanity that pervades air travel in the US.
One of the most disturbing things about the reports is this quote.
“While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner,” the federal agency said. “We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”
Earlier, Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, told the News-Herald there was a reason why security procedures were the same for everyone.
“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” Koshetz told the newspaper.
Those claims are lies. The TSA has felt up the genitals of thousands of air travellers in the US without catching a single terrorist at any airport. In the same time its employees have stolen valuables from the possessions of many travellers, and the agency been forced to dismiss dozens of jet loads of criminally inclined recruits who would never have been employed in the first place if the TSA had effective checks on prospective employees in place.
In another incident this month which has now gone viral on social media, another elderly woman who had pinned some money into her under garments was also humiliated by the TSA. That report, on the YouTube below, should be viewed carefully by anyone considering discretionary travel to the US, not because you may be elderly or prefer to carry cash on your person, but because of the dignity and bewilderment of the victim, and what it tells us of this persistent epidemic of madness at US airports.