Erin McElroy: TSA And Gender Profiling

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    What's in your pants, citizen? If we don't know what it is, we have to grope it.

    Erin McElroy: TSA And Gender Profiling

    “Are you female, or a guy?” He was attempting to conceal a smirk below his professional stoicism.

    “Why does it matter?” I cautiously inquired.

    “We didn't recognize your body in the body scan,” he explained, matter-of-factly. “And so we need to pat you down. We need to know which gender TSA officer should perform the pat-down.”

    Ah ha! So because my body was not recognizable on the scan, I needed to be further examined.

    Not because I contained any suspicious objects, but because my gender was deviant. Frustrated and dejected, I pointed to a female TSA officer nearby, and said that she could pat me down. The whole thing took less than a minute, and soon enough I was on my way to the terminal, growing more confused and angry with each step.
  2. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    Some very sick folks at TSA. Just more confirmation of what we all have known.
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  3. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    How does gender affect whether or not the scanner has detected "WEI?" I thought the gropes were strictly to resolve "anomalies" detected by the scanner?
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  4. It would have been awesome if this person had held firm and refused to assign a gender. Not that I wish such a traumatic situation on a person with a complex gender situation, but it would be interesting to see how it would have escalated. Could they deny a person entry to the sterile area for refusing such a thing?
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  5. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    Well, ...and I am NOT defending the TSA (Thuggish (expletive deleted) A$$tards) in any way, shape, or form... at least they let the passenger choose whether a Thug or a Thugette patted her down. :rolleyes:
  6. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Impaled by Morton's Fork.
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  7. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Kind of like this election.

    Or the old joke: Boxers or briefs? Depends.

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