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TSA “Junk Touching” Now SOP?

posted at 9:30 am on November 17, 2010 by

[NOTE TO READERS: I will be a guest tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 18, on the Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080, Hatford, discussing the TSA’s intrusive practices. The segment will run between 10 and 10:30 a.m. I hope you will all join me.]

John Tyner’s 15 minutes of fame appear to be over. Tyner, should the name fail to ring a bell, is the would-be passenger who admonished TSA personnel not to “touch his junk” after he refused to submit to an invasive full-body scan.

Radio host Owen JJ Stone, better known to listeners as “OhDoctah,” shared an experience on the Alex Jones Show that dwarfs Tyner’s in the degree of its invasiveness. Stone claims that as he was passing through airport security this past weekend clad in sweatpants, he was informed by a TSA agent that the rules had changed for those wearing “baggy clothing.”

Stone further maintains that the agent told him “I have to go in your waistband, I have to put my hand down your pants.”

In a clip from the program (see below), Stone tells his host that he was not given an option to walk through a scanner.

Stone’s account is mirrored by that of a 54-year-old Missouri City man who claims to have been subject to a similarly mortifying experience going through security at Fort Lauderdale Airport. The individual, Thomas Mollman, insists he was subject to a groping that was tantamount to sexual molestation:

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.

A week before Thanksgiving, the busiest air travel day of the year, a number of irate Americans have united in forming the website WeWon’t.Fly.com, urging those who can find alternative means of transportation to their Turkey Day destination to do so.

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This is why I don’t fly.

I’d get in a fistfight with TSA, and it’s all downhill from there…

KinleyArdal on November 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM

I flew out of Reagan in DC on Wednesday to florida and was told because i had baggy clothes i would have to have the complete patdown touching my junk. I had a hoodie on and didn’t have a tshirt on underneath. I fly back to DC tomorrow and my fiance told me to wear a tshirt so i don’t have to do it again. The guys were real apologetic, but it was annoying, and the booth has no walls and is in the middle of traffic.

cfooteman on November 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM

The TSA wouldn’t get nearly the number of complaints about their policies if they’d just hire some hawt babes, IYKWIMAITYD.

cthulhu on November 17, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I’ll pass on the scan; I don’t care if you grope me… and I’m still not flying.

1) If I did the “enhanced pat down” to a kid I’d (Correctly) get arrested for sexual assault.

2) the “random” nature of this means kids will get this treatment.

Who is willing to support an arrangement by which they’re a little safer, at the cost of sexual assault of children? Anyone?

gekkobear on November 18, 2010 at 2:16 AM

Grab, stroke, pat, touch my testicles or rectal area without being expressly invited, and my owner’s manual reads, ‘apply fist to the offender’s temple until offender is unable to rise.’

TinMan13 on November 18, 2010 at 5:56 AM

TinMan,

and if your offender attends a temple constructed of stone and your tin fist collapses on contact? who’s risable then?

audiculous on November 18, 2010 at 11:21 PM