TSA checkpoints: Real-life horrors

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November 12, 2010

By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily

Dozens of real-life horror stories have poured into WND in the 24 hours since a special hotline e-mail was set up to allow people to report their close encounters of the TSA kind, including a 70-year-old whose fudge “contraband” was discovered, a Los Angeles passenger who was “groped” four times and a man who was the target of a TSA screaming fit when he chose to opt-out of the “porno scan.”

Just a day earlier, WND reported on the growing movement by activists and citizens to push back against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s plans for “enhanced” screening at airport checkpoints.

The options now are to have a full-body scan that essentially produces a nude image of the passenger or opt out of that procedure and endure a full-hands-on body pat-down that includes private parts.

The procedures have been the focus of warnings even by the networks:

A passenger named Barbara wrote to WND: “Coming directly from a 2-week hospital stay, arriving in a wheelchair, unable to walk or stand, and just less than 2 hours out of the hospital, I was met by the ‘security’ folks who seemed angered that I couldn’t walk through their scan. Instead, in front of everyone, I was groped like a rapist might attack a victim. The probing certainly did not help alleviate the intense pain I had when I arrived at the airport. Shameful and inconsiderate behavior, totally inexcusable! I am an 84-year-old white female, 4’10”, 110 lbs. and don’t look like a terrorist or a terrorist’s companion !!!!!! What happened to common sense???”

Another passenger, David, told WND he traveled to attend a sister’s funeral in Los Angeles and found the security procedures at LAX “like a racist homosexual grope fest.”

“This screener made me turn all my pockets inside out, patted me down four times, being particularly attentive to my crotch and butt. I asked him if he just wanted me to strip down naked and he said go ahead. My wife then approached a nearby sheriff, who brought these violations of my privacy, and person, to a halt,” said the passenger, who described himself as a “middle class white guy.”

To read more, visit: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=227005

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