(The problem is global. I will better if I can finally publish this)
I am not going to exaggerate or embellish at all here: truth is stranger than fiction.
Having already passed through the metal detector on my way through the security screen at the airport in Panama city, I watched people, men and women, in line ahead of me opening their pants for a dark haired, nervous gentleman with an excited and happy look on his face. One by one, every man and woman compliantly and readily opened the buckles and grippers at the front of their pants. The security inspector would lean forward slightly, look down the open pantolenes and then send the passenger on to the secure area and gates. How ridiculous, I thought. Is the metal detector ineffective? Then why use it? Does looking down a persons pants front at their underwear constitute a search? If only, I thought, I had Not worn undershorts that day – what a thrill the inspector would be treated to then. Perhaps that is what he was hoping for – a person, like a sockless Einstein, who does not wear underwear.
I understand that logic and common sense have no role in Security theater, but I was too disgusted to remain silent. When I had advanced to about 5th or 6th in line and saw clearly what was happening at the front I began guffawing and objecting loud enough to be heard well. ” Bullshit! Stupidity! Not me, Buster! Sickness and Insanity!” The nerrvous pervert at the front stepped back to me and asked confrontationally, “What’s your problem?” I told him, “Don’t touch me. This is sick!” ” Come with me,” he ordered. I was taken to a small cubicle adjacent to the line and ordered to stand. I told him, “No tocar!” The security inspector knelt down on his knees before me and an armed and uniformed security guard stood behind the inspector, looking over his head watching me. The inspector, on his knees in perfect position for giving a blow job, look up at me unwaveringly in my eyes as he then reached behind me, placed his hands on my buttocks, on hand on each side of my ass, and made gentle, circular motions with his hands, caressing my ass for about 6 or 7 seconds in this manner and looking up into my eyes the whole time. Needless to say I was shocked and disgusted by every aspect of this sick proceeding.
The inspector then rose to his feet and ordered me to drop my pants, which I did. What would you do? I had a flight to catch, a $900 nonrefundable ticket and serious business thousands of miles away. So I dropped my pants. The security inspector AND THE ARMED GUARD BEHIND HIM then stared intently and silently at the manly bulge at the front of my undershorts. Wordlessly, they both stared directly at my bulge steadily for a solid 30 seconds. I was then told that I pulled up my pants and walked out. Outside the cubicle I told the weirdo that he was crazy, and he asked me again, “What’s your problem?” I told him I had no problem, I have an opinion. I looked carefully at his name tag and told him that I wanted his name so I could write about him on the Internet. “I don’t care.” I forget his name, but he is one asshole whose face I will never forget.
I’ve been waiting a few months now to write my story as soon as I saw an appropriate article and had the time. On my return trip, I avoided passing through security in Panama by reserving a seat on a connecting flight instead of spending the night in Panama and continuing the next day. I sat instead in the Panama airport for 2 or 3 hours waiting for the connecting flight and letting the ticket for last leg of my return flight expire unused.
By all rights, in a normal world, I should have demanded that the creep summon his supervisor. I should then have demanded that the supervisor call for a city police officer – policia de Ciudad de Panama – and I should the have made a formal legal charge against both of the two creeps who abused me. Sexual assualt. And then of course I would be forever banned from every airport in theworld and unable to return home.
I told this story to a few people during thecourse of my travels exactly as I have here. Maybe nowthat I have made an Internet record of it I will feel a little better.
Never seen such a bunch of hateful, mean TSA agents as I did at DFW Terminal D on 9/22/16. They were rude to everyone who didn’t go exactly to their expectations. You can tell they spend their break-times bitching about how much they hate travelers.
F you TSA Dallas, you guys suck.
When I was sent though the 360 xray. They wanted to take me into a private room I as a stronge headed woman said no. What ever you do, do it here in the open. I did not realize the blouse I was wearing had metal threating running through it. I guess they were as blind as me. To make a long story short, they found nothing. But when I went to retrieve my carry on items in my bind was a cell phone that was not mine. I brought it to the agent checking my laptop. I handed it to him he said ok with his back to me he threw the cell phone into my case. I found it when I got to New Zeland. For whoever the phone belongs to I am sorry you lost it. I was also told that 360 machine does off falsely quite often.
Sorry again for the lost of cell at LAX, notiy me if it is yours that you lost on the same evening and I will return it to you,.. So much for these agants doing their job correctly now I wonder what I am missing.
By: Barbara Bowman
Came through Logan Airport at 5:40pm 9/18/16. Went through the ‘raise hands’ full body scanner. TSA Agent pulled me aside and asked me about my pants. He then told me I was going to have a pat down. He first used the hand electronic wand all over my body. He told me he was going to put his ‘hands’ in my pants. I was in shock, 4 other agents circle around me when they saw my face. I offered to take my jeans off, he said no.
He did the pat down every inch of my body. He then placed his hands on me and circled and touched the outline of my ‘private’ area in front of my pants. He then stood up and put his hands into my pants and circled his fingers all around my waist-on the inside.
You-TSA, are a disgrace to this Great Country! Born and raised in America, never did I imagine I would be sexually accosted by a government agent, never.
This was obviously just a opportunity for bored security workers to see if they can create a scene, putting their hands ‘down a mans pants’.
And this is the airport where the 9/11 terrorists carried out their attack. Shame on you Logan Airport, nothing has changed you remain a disgrace.
I went through a scanner at BWI airport and the scanner showed a red marker on my bare skin, I was molested by a 5 foot nothing so called officer probably out of kindergarden, put her hands in the rim of my jeans and feklt round 5 times, 5 times she touches my lady part like proper touched, then across my boobs, took around 15 minuites, repeating everything 5 times, I asked for a room, she refused and said no, this was done in full view of the whole check in line, she seemed to enjoy doing this, I am from the UK, makes me now feel the USA is now nothing more than a bunch of bullying idiots and phedofils as I aslo saw a kid being molested, avoid BWI airport, I have seen more respectful criminals.
Here is my word for word complaint to TSA
I understand that airport security is important and that TSA
believes that harassing travelers and United States citizens and
taking away privacy rights is something the American people have
no say in because “security” comes before freedom now even though
9/11 was 15 years ago. Why does TSA offer a “pre-check” line if
it just makes passengers feel like criminals?
I feel violated and harassed by April. She was rude, nasty and
I TOLD TSA the boots I was wearing had metal buckles. They told
me to leave them on anyway. Of course I set off the metal
detector. Then I am told to take off my boots like I originally
I walk through the metal detector again and I get the “random
TSA forces me through your porno booth with unhealthy X-rays to
take a naked picture of me. They tell me to go back in the porno
booth. I look at the picture where my “weapons of mass
destruction”are supposedly being smuggled. I realize I have two
small metal looking beads on the tie of my skirt.
I lift up my dress and show the male TSA agent. He asks me to
move my skirt to the side so it won’t show up on the porno pic.
He makes me GET BACK in the porno booth. Why that was ok I don’t
It wasn’t good enough. Enter “April” who basically spoke to me
VERY rudely and decided it was ok to very roughly put her hands
on my belly and then yank on my left wrist because I had a HAIR
TIE on it. NO metal on the hair tie. Could I possibly be hiding a
bomb under my HAIR TIE?
She was rude, she was rough, she made me feel like a criminal and
like I was messing up her day when her job is to protect ME.
So here I am being told by TSA that I have a pre check to make
things easier. I have a father who must walk with cane with an
actual hip replacement and he does not get harassed. But no, I
end up going through the metal detector TWICE, the porno booth
TWICE and then I am searched physically and rudely treated by
April when I told TSA before going through the metal dector I was
I was so flustered and upset I lost my boarding pass during the
violation of my personal body but the gate agents were very nice
and helpful unlike TSA.
If your agents hate their job and hate people they have no
business being employed by you
Was I pinpointed by TSA? I was picked out for this treatment?
Nice Pre check. Way to go. If you are going to continue to harass
American citizens then at least have your staff behave
professionally and correctly. There was no reason for April to
treat me that way.
Please go ahead and watch the tapes I know you record
I expect an answer from TSA as to why you allow your staff to
operate this way and why you offer a pre check that turns into a
I paid hundreds of dollars to travel and EVERY time the worst
part is TSA
The worst part is you don’t operate the same at any airport. When
I first flew in I somehow got through the metal dector with a
sterling silver necklace on that I forgot to take off and no one
says a WORD. That TSA staff was nice, respectful and friendly
unlike your TSA agents in Pittsburgh
I want to know how you plan to resolve this. I will also be very
aware if you put me on some list to further harass me when I fly.
I am not a criminal I am not a terrorist and this agency needs to
get their customer service together. It would have been much
easier to be searched 5 fucking times for a BEAD on my SKIRT had
TSA not acted like complete assholes
When my boyfriend and I left Oakland to go to Vegas, were were told that they had to pat us down. My boyfriend was checked with a wand, and I was pat down through my back and legs. That was just the beginning. We left Las Vegas to come back home amd we wer victimized again. I made it through the check point wearing shorts and a t shirt to make things wasier. They patted me down again stating that I had something suspicious. I was patted down in front of the other passengers that were in line. The worst of it was my boyfriend. He took off his belt and emptied his pockets. His shorts were a little too big for him so of course with a belt on, his shorts were falling off. They did an extrmemly invasive pat down that included his shorts falling off of him in front of other passengers. I came over to rescue him and hold his shorts up. The TSA guy was patting him down every inch of his body including rubbing his hands in my boyfriend’s crotch. I had his wallet in my hand, and the TSA guy snatched it out of my hand and was digging through the wallet. Then I got home, and find out that the TSA rummaged though my suitcase. I told my boyfriend we will be riving on our trips. It’s not worth being humiliated at the airport.
By: Christine Longmuir
I was going to visit my grandma in Massachusetts and was coming back, my bag was taken by tsa officers. They found a souvenir bullet I got from battleship Texas, so they called over a supervisor. So he and my mom started talking.he said, “you can mail this to yourself, “we don’t even have a gun what’s he gonna do poke someone with it”, well he could do that”, ” you know what keep it.” Congratulations your saving the world one souvenir bullet at a time.
By: Nick schnep
I was traveling through Charlotte airport on July 28, 2016. My connecting flight the night before was cancelled so I had to get new boarding passes and go back through security. I had come from Harrisburg International the night before, so I had already been through security in Harrisburg. Nothing changed with my carry on bag. It was in my possession the whole time leaving the terminal to get new boarding pass and go back through. So after my bag went through the scanner, a female TSA agent took my bag and said she was looking for something. She couldn’t find whatever she allegedly was looking for. She walked away from me back to the scanner and put my bag back through the scanner. She was out of sight for part of this moment. She then came back and kept digging. I didn’t have much in my laptop bag to begin with, not even a laptop. Then all the sudden she pulled out a pocket knife. I had never seen that before in my life. She must have planted it and tried to frame me. That’s my guess. There’s no way it could have been in there because it would have been caught in the last airport. Very shady TSA!!!
By: Dan M
Traveling to the USA for the first time (I am English) I arrived at San Francisco airport to get a connecting flight to LAX. It was 1 am and I had been flying for 9 hours. As I entered the airport I was met by a female TSA agent who asked for my passport and then to my amazement asked me ‘Do you know your full name?’ Now at 1am that is a pretty stupid sounding question so I automatically said ‘yes’.
The TSA agent drew herself up to her full height of 4ft and then said ‘well what is it then?’ so I told her and was permitted to go on my way.
That is not the way I would wish to be welcomed to any civilized country. Whoever made the TSA the gatekeepers to America?
By: Peter Barker