WAs this lady over doing the tears, does she have a right to be soooooo upset??

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )




Feelings on this Video...

Video of an incident recorded over the memorial weekend at Sky Harbor International in Phoenix, AZ, documents how the TSA deal with people who are traumatized by grossly invasive enhanced pat downs.

After a woman refused to go through a full body scanner she was pulled aside and made to undergo the pat down procedure. When the TSA agent touched the woman’s breasts, she broke down into tears and screamed for a police officer.

When police officers arrived on the scene they led the woman away and told her that unless she would submit to the full pat down procedure she would not be able to fly.

“Why won’t you help me? You’re a police officer why won’t you help me?” the woman asks in the video.

All the while the woman’s son was filming the ordeal on his phone, having to constantly fend off threats from TSA agents falsely claiming he was breaking the law. The agents also threatened to confiscate the man’s luggage, even though he had been through the screening process.

The family was previously subjected to similar scrutiny from the TSA at Sky Harbor earlier in the year, prompting them to voice protest over violation of their Constitutional rights.

The previous incident was also captured on video (below) and was evidently remembered by some of the TSA workers who claimed to know that the whole family are routine troublemakers.



Jackie - posted on 06/03/2011




It's a set up. They did this before a few months ago but the father was the target. They're actors. Isn't it convenient that the 'pat down' wasn't recorded?

I think she should be arrested for public nuisance.

Krista - posted on 06/02/2011




Yeah, I'd say that all parties are at fault here. She overreacted, the son exacerbated the situation, and the TSA employees and cops did not handle it well.

Maybe i'm weird, but I don't consider a quick pat under the breast to be "grossly invasive". Cavity searches? Yes. A quick patdown? No. Her response seems disproportionate, to be frank.

And besides, if she's that averse to being touched, especially if stuff like this has happened before, then why would she not go though the full-body scanner? That's what I did on my way back from Calgary, and the security guy and I were joking and laughing about it.

Sharon - posted on 06/02/2011




I don't know if she was over reacting or not. What did they do before the screaming started?

But its interesting that no one ever shows up to take the womans' report. This guy is filming this but doesn't call 911? TSA was blatantly lying about filming being against the law. People have been filming and taking pictures of arrivals & departures for how long? From the screaming in the background though, that woman isn't the only woman having issues. Its fascinating that she was screaming about sexual abuse but she's escorted out by male cops? Thats against police department policy. Suspected victims of sexual abuse are taken into custody same sex officers or both. At least, it used to be that way.

That was his mother? UGH.

Is there a news story attached to this?


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I agree with Jackie-Rae. If the family REALLY wanted to create a stink then why didn't they get video (or post video) of the alleged "molestation" (aka. pat-down). Besides, her crying was so fake...

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Hmmm, that's 10 minutes of my life I'll never get back.

I agree with Krista. All parties handled things poorly.

Amber - posted on 06/02/2011




I think they are just trying to make a big deal of this so that they can take them to court....that's how it seems.

I just flew out of Chicago 2 weeks ago and I only had to go through a metal detector. They only patted down people who set off the detector. I was lucky random customer X (a buzzer went off randomly after I walked through) and I had to get "extra" security tests. They just swabbed my hands for chemicals, and said I could go to my gate.

I just don't understand the big issue at airports...Even the idea being scanned doesn't really freak me out. To me, making a public performance like this is much more embarrassing than the scanner.

Firebird - posted on 06/02/2011




I watched a grand total of 21 seconds of that video and the first thought in my mind is that this woman's meds need to be increased. She also needs some acting classes. As for her claims that she was molested... she submitted to the pat down. That is consensual contact. If she's never had a pat down before, she should have asked what it involved before consenting to it.

Isobel - posted on 06/02/2011




yup...they were just trying to prove a point, and they weren't very good at it.

Rosie - posted on 06/02/2011




she's totally fake crying. damn she's bad at it!! i'm sure that she's just trying to get attention. i wouldn't like it either, but theres a huge difference between a pat down a molestation.

Sharon - posted on 06/02/2011




oh good. because with all of COMS glitches, I wasn't sure what had happened. If its now deleting parts of posts, we'd really be screwed.

Sharon - posted on 06/02/2011




Thats weird. When I posted, only the video was there, no article or explanation.

Lacye - posted on 06/02/2011




The woman sounded like she was fake crying and in the second video, you can clearly hear the guy telling the TSA worker that he was going to be putting the video up on youtube. They are trouble makers. They want to cause problems for people that are just doing their jobs. A pain in the ass if you ask me.

Becky - posted on 06/02/2011




Well, I would've given her the benefit of the doubt that maybe they actually did cross a line after watching the first video -although I thought her reaction was over the top. But after watching the second, I tend to agree, they are just routine troublemakers! I think they don't like the TSA regulations and they are trying to stir up shit and make a point. The son keeps saying, "I've been waiting all day for this. I knew this was going to happen..." Seriously! I haven't flown to the US since they started these new screening procedures, so I don't know how invasive they are, but I tend to think they are making a big deal over nothing. I mean really, do they film the doctor and say he's violating their rights when he gives them a breast or prostate exam too? The policies are what they are, you don't like them, drive.
I'd be freakin' annoyed if I was behind these people in the security line!

Sharon - posted on 06/02/2011




I heard "never been touched that way" in the video. DAMN must be some shitty ass boring sex in that family.

If she was simply patted down, then she's got issues. If the woman was fondling her breast(s) like my husband does to me, then her claim was legit. I'm thinking this woman should have opted for the scanner.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 06/02/2011




yes this was his mother, and the TSA agent touched her breast...the lady said

Sherri - posted on 06/02/2011




Honestly she got padded down. That involves touching you and yes that includes your breasts. No I don't have problem with it and yes she was stinkin' ridiculous.

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