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June 27, 2016
I was plucked from security line at Midway for a secondary screening…which took way over an hour. I was alone there with at least12 agents. They wouldn’t let me use the restroom after a 3 hr flight. They poked, probed and swabbed everything on me and my purse EVEN though I had TSA prepaid clearance. I stood there for 20 min while one guy was on phone resolving problems and wouldn’t tell me why I was there. He didn’t call a female screener for 15 minutes, after four calls and much later, a rude woman says”follow me”. No explanations.They were nasty, rude and I felt like it was racial discrimination…for the first time in my life. Only one nice man apologized somewhat and said the man on phone should have let me go to bathroom. They had my phone and IPad, so I couldn’t call my husband. The woman made me go through screening machines 3 times and yelled at me to go back twice. After that, I got a total body search, hands on breasts, crotch, etc.She ambled along retrieving my passport for 10 minutes, which was just feet away.i have proof that our flight arrived at 5:16, and proof that at 6:55 I messaged my husband that I was still being held. I am furious. Filed a complaint with TSA and Midway. Never, ever been treated like this. I don’t want money, but would like to know how to punish horrible employees and make TSA accountable! I learned later that by law, I was allowed to have a witness/ husband with me, but they wouldn’t answer me. What can I do? I am a 61 year old grandmother,btw.
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Louisville, Ky 40207
By: Linda Sparrow