Reddit Revolts Against TSA’s New Enhanced Pat-Down Search
By on November 16th, 2010

If you are an American citizen, be weary, be very weary of the airports. TSA’s (Transportation Security Administration) new enhanced security protocol grants screeners the right to subject anyone to a full body backscatter scan. Not only is the scanner shockingly detailed, but also injurious to health.

TSA
via Don’t Scan Us

Of course, you can opt out. However, in that case you will have to endure an enhanced pat-down search during the course of which the screener is free to palm your privates. Here’s a particularly graphic account shared by a popular blogger:

She then moved in front of my (sic) and touched the top and underneath portions of both of my breasts. She did not tell me that she was going to touch my breasts. She then felt around my waist. She then moved to the bottoms of my legs. She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina area, touching both of my labia. She did not tell me that she was going to touch my vagina area or my labia…

…I stood there holding my baby in shock. I did not move for almost a minute. I stood there, an American citizen, a mom traveling with a baby with special needs formula, sexually assaulted by a government official. I began shaking and felt completely violated, abused and assaulted by the TSA agent. I shook for several hours, and woke up the next day shaking.

Even as the horror stories continue pouring in, Americans are beginning to collectively raise their voice against TSA’s invasive procedures, and for this they are resorting to the internet. Reddit is trying to gain the attention of the mainstream media by collectively tweeting the following:

@cnn Mr. President: Would you send Michelle/Sasha/Malia through TSA screening? Naked photos or invasive genital groping, you get to pick.

Reddit Floods CNN

Others have decided to mark Thanksgiving as National Opt out day to gain the attention of lawmakers. Campaigns are also being organised through Twitter.

How do you feel about TSA’s new security measures? Is violating the dignity of a human being the only way to ensure safety? Is this really needed?


via We Won’t Fly

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flying/126801010710392 Mark

    Don’t just “opt out” of naked scanners only to be sexually molested, instead. Boycott Flying COMPLETELY, until sanity returns! Please join us: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flying/126801010710392

  • http://www.techarraz.com Chinmoy Kanjilal

    It is not only Reddit dude. Everyone everywhere has a rebellion going on against this new Total Sexual Assault (TSA).
    Reddit, as usual is discussing the matter and not just throwing random comments in the air. Love Reddit.

  • Bruce

    How about going back to profiling.And if someones fellings get hurt we tell to suck it up or dont fly.

  • Al Brogdon

    My tribute to TSA (copy and paste into your browser):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paWeWvV8Xqk

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

 
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