TSA pat-downs, which are already more aggressive than those used by the United States military on Afghani prisoners, have just gotten worse. The new search measures including TSA officers putting their hands down the pants of people that happen to be wearing baggy clothing.
There has already been nationwide opposition to the TSA and its naked body scanners, with naked body scanner opt-out day set for November 2th. Even a writer from the New York Times has called for the abolition of the TSA. This new technique will most likely only lead to more public outrage, but will the TSA care?
The report comes from radio host Owen JJ Stone, also known as “OhDoctah” to his fans. The radio host was told by a TSA agent that the rules had been changed, and was offered a private screening. Stone then asked about how the rules had changed, to which the agent responded I have to go in your waistband, I have to put my hand down your pants.” The agent went on to do just that.
If you’re wearing sweat pants or baggy clothing, I was wearing sweat pants they’re not baggy, they’re sweat pants, said Stone
This is not an isolated incident. A 54-year-old Missouri man went through a very similar experience at the Fort Lauderdale Airport.
I was wearing shorts at the time between the underwear, right on the skin, all the way around the back, all the way around my front, 360 degrees, touched inappropriately, he said.
This was an assault. This was no different than a sexual assault, said KTRK Legal Analyst Joel Androphy regarding the incident.
Considering the fact that the TSA may have hired convicted rapists as agents, then it is important to consider the repercussions of this new TSA policy. If any other organization was attempting to put their hand down your pants, they would be arrested.