It was probably one smart-ass remark, but the TSA supervisor who made it will certainly look like a boob in court when attempting to defend it. Mediaite picks up on a story reported over the weekend by KOB in Albuquerque about a lawsuit filed by a woman who endured a lengthy patdown by TSA in an attempt to bust her for something. The woman’s 17-year-old son managed to avoid getting manhandled and asked why his mother got all of the attention instead. The supervisor’s alleged reply will nurse this TSA controversy a little farther:
“Heavily concentrating on my breast area where I told her I had a mastectomy the year previous and in [sic] just seemed to go on and on,” said Durso.
She says she felt humiliated as the extensive pat-down happened in front of her 17 year old son and hundreds of other travelers.
“I felt as though I didn’t have any rights other than I had to stand there and let them do what they want to do to my body,” Durso continued.
She says she knew her rights had been violated so she asked to speak to a supervisor who she thought would help.
All the while her son stood by her side and couldn’t remain silent anymore
“My son, who I’m very proud of spoke up and said ‘I went through the metal detector and I did not get a pat-down’ to which the supervisor said ‘well you don’t have boobs’,” she said.
That statement was the last straw for Durso – so she contacted the lawfirm of Drinker, Biddle and Reath. Her attorney, Alex Brodsky, says this whole ordeal violates her 4th Amendment rights which protects Americans from unreasonable search and seizure.
Ah, the boobs exception to the 4th Amendment! Well, say no more. Thankfully, TSA will keep all of us safe from breasts while we fly the friendly skies.
The comment was almost certainly a snarky comeback to the challenge to TSA’s authoritah, but somehow that doesn’t make it much better. And unfortunately for the TSA and the supervisor in question, those snarky little comebacks have weight when it comes to trials and determination of motives.