Thursday, May 21, 2009

TSA, pt. II

In order to get a better idea of the way TSA treats amputees, and because I was worried that my treatment in Cleveland was partially my own fault, I decided to tell the agent right away that I wear a prosthetic leg. As soon as I walked through the metal detector, I 'fessed up.

She made me wait in a glass booth until another agent came over and took me to the holding area. I was then patted, wanded, and swabbed in exactly the same manner as I had been in Cleveland.

Wait, no. There was a slight difference...my breasts got touched instead of my crotch this time.

10 comments:

Mad Saint Jack said...

I predict a road trip next year.

Mulliga said...

I guess only the government could find a way to make air travel even more unpleasant.

Phil R. said...

Ah, so I expect you feel very free to associate. And, for the liberals in the audience, good and un-discriminated against, to boot.

IZinterrogator said...

It's the little things like that which caused my to tell my mom when my dad died, "Wait a few, I'm driving from AZ to WA for the funeral". Oh well, at least you now know which screeners have which fetishes.

Ruth said...

Been there, though not because of a prosthesis. I was traveling through the Philipenes not all that long ago, they were patting down everyone.....and yes, hands in the crotch and all around both breasts. Definetly less than pleasant. The only consolation...they were doing it to everyone, and if anything the guys were getting grabbed worse.

Wai said...

WHAT???? I don't think it's in the TSA handbook that there should be ANY touching of the private areas during a search. I think you have grounds for a lawsuit.

By the way, did you ever get the hotel thing resolved?

falnfenix said...

i second Wai's comment. let me double check with a friend, who works closely with TSA folks in Baltimore.

i'm so sorry you had to go through that violation twice. :(

Mikael said...

*sigh*

Bunch of *bleep* *bleep* *bleep* is what they are.

Maybe next time, try removing the leg, placing it on the conveyer and hop through the metal detector, and going "no excuse to feel me up this time *bleep*ers".

Ruth said...

I'm not saying the people doing the searching LIKED doing that close contact a search (though some may), but it is possible (which does not mean comfortable) to hide small weapons and even explosives in pouches under the breasts (inside the bra) or crotch (of both women and men) so unfortunetly they DO have to check there if they're going to do that kind of search.

Which doesn't make it any more pleasant to undergo that kind of search.

perlhaqr said...

*reads Wai's comment*

Oh the difference a year and a half can make.

*gives up and weeps*