Slideshow of 19 TSA Pat-Down Horror Stories from ABC

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It's good to see the mainstream media finally starting to assemble the whole picture. Most, perhaps even all, of these happened in the last couple years.

    ABC News: TSA Pat-Down Horror Stories
    1. A Texas mom was dumbfounded and angry when her preteen, wheelchair-bound daughter was left sobbing at the security gate at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport when reps from the Transportation Security Administration detected traces of explosive on her hand. Shelbi Walser, 12, has brittle bone disease. (Tammy Daniels)
    2. Caption - Port of Portland police in Oregon say John E. Brennan, 49, stripped naked at Portland International Airport April 17, 2012, as a protest against airport security screeners. The Portland man was arrested for investigation of indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/AP Photo)
    3. A woman stripped naked at Denver International Airport April 10, 2012, after being caught smoking in a non-smoking section of the airport. ABC's Denver affiliate reported the incident took place at about 8:45 a.m. on Concourse B. (Anonymous)
    4. Jennifer Hudson gets a pat-down search while going through TSA security at LAX on her way to Atlanta, April 17, 2012. Hudson made faces such as sticking out her tongue while the TSA agent was behind her. (SWAP/Splash News)
    5. Bar Refaeli sent out an angry tweet after going through security at the airport. On her @BarRefaeli Twitter account, the supermodel wrote, "I got a security 'patdown' by a woman at the airport that made me feel very uncomfortable and left no doubt about her sexual preferences." (Evan Agostini/AP Photo)
    6. Matt Dubiel rediscovered a 2010 video he shot showing his then 3-year-old son, in a wheelchair with a broken leg, being patted down by a Transportation Security Administration agent at a Chicago-area airport. The clip went viral after he uploaded it to YouTube. (Matt Dubiel/YouTube)
    7. MTV reality star Jenni Farley, aka JWOWW, sent furious tweets Nov. 13 about airport employees in Fargo, N.D., who "just treated me like a criminal." The "Jersey Shore" cast member claimed she was pulled away for a security check while boarding an airplane. She left Fargo after appearing at local night club, The Hub. The TSA told website Gossip Cop that the screening didn't include a patdown. (Venturelli/WireImage/Getty Images)
    8. Lori Dorn, an HR consultant in New York, said TSA agents at JFK touched her breasts in front of other passengers even after she explained that her doctor had inserted tissue expanders for future breast reconstruction. Dorn blogged about the experience on her website, saying it caused "a great deal of humiliation." (!/HRLori)
    9. Hairdresser Isis Brantley was stopped by TSA at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta after she had passed a scanning device. Brantley told NBC News that she could not go any further until they checked her hair for explosives. "And so she started patting my hair, and I was in tears at that point," she said. "And she was digging in my scalp." (
    10. A six year old girl gets patted down by the TSA at the New Orleans airport. The incident was recorded and posted on YouTube by the girl's parents, April 12, 2011. (Youtube)
    11. An airline passenger is checked by an advanced imaging technology scanner while going through a TSA security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Aug. 3, 2011. In all, the technology will be installed in 241 security machines at 40 airports around the country over the next few months at a cost of $2.7 million that includes research and development, according to the TSA. (Erik S. Lesser/AP Photo)
    12. 95-year-old woman Lena Reppert had to remove her wet diaper at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport so that she could be patted down by security screeners and nearly missed her flight, her daughter Jean Weber claims. TSA released a statement regarding the incident, claiming that their officers "acted professionally and according to proper procedure." (Courtesy of Jean Weber/AP Photo)
    13. An unidentified woman was outraged after TSA confiscated her insulin and ice packs because a screener claimed they were an explosives risk in August 2011. The mother-to-be said she brought the appropriate doctor's note and the medication was labeled correctly. "We talked to all of our people and they didn't touch her insulin," said a TSA spokeswoman (Getty Images)
    14. Aaron B. Tobey, 21, protested the TSA's scanners by inking words of the Fourth Amendment -- "The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated" – on his torso. He was arrested by the Richmond International Airport police and charged with disorderly conduct. The police say Tobey "was observed absent of pants, shirt, exposing language regarding the Fourth Amendment." (Richmond International Airport Police)
    15. A traveler wears a bikini while going through airport security in Los Angeles. (ABCNews)
    16. Location-based social media service Foursquare has introduced a new "baggage handler" badge to anyone who checks in at the airport with words like "TSA," "touch," "grope," or "don't touch my junk." Once awarded it says: "Looks like you've had your baggage handled. Happy Holidays and have a safe flight!" (Courtesy Foursquare)
    17. The TSA's new pat-down rules have come under intense scrutiny recently. Here are just a few examples of people who say the government has gone too far. Cathy Bossi, a longtime flight attendant from South Charlotte and breast cancer survivor said the TSA made her take out her prosthetic breast. "She put her full hand on my breast and said: 'what is this?'" (ABC News)
    18. Thomas Sawyer, a bladder cancer survivor, said he was humiliated after a pat down-broke his colonoscopy bag, leaving the 61-year-old covered in his own urine. Sawyer said he warned the TSA officials twice the pat down could break the seal. (ABC News)
    19. has this t-shirt for sale in response to complaints made about TSA's new patdown procedures. (
  2. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    I will be happy when I see these captions end with a statement along the lines of the freedom fluffer involved getting arrested/charged/convicted/inprisoned and/or volunteered as a contestant for The Running Man.

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