TSA pulled down the pants of a 60 yr old man

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Kirk_M, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Kirk_M

    Kirk_M Guest


    Flying out of RDU September 3, 2013 I opted out of the nud-o-scopes every time the opportunity presents itself. Got the pat down (according to TSA it is neither a grope nor a frisk) . During the pat down the TSO managed to pull my jeans down around my ankles. I asked for a supervisor and was told "she's over there." Repeated the request for him to get her over there. Again was told to go over to her highness. Finally, he goes and gets his supervisor (a very angry woman, who've I had dealings with before) and she tells me that it is my fault my jeans were pulled down. My fault? The TSO doing the grope session was in control and didn't like any of my other comments so why should I volunteer the information that the thug was in the process of pulling down my jeans in a public arena? The buffoon should have noticed. Not his fault he was poorly trained (something about the blind leading the blind comes to mind).

    That being said my wife launched a broadside in the social media, contacted news organizations, and also contacted our congressman and Rush. Work was notified as well since I was clocked in and traveling on their ticket. Does this fall under the realm of sexual harassment since it was un-welcomed and on the job?

    I've flown from numerous foreign airports and never had this happen. I guess it reflects on the quality of training and (lack of)leadership at TSA.
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I've had it happen to me in Amsterdam, but their reaction was very different and extremely apologetic.

    The best way to register complaints of this nature is through the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). TSA has been known to "lose" about 80% of the complaints that are sent directly to them. You can submit complaints to the DHS OIG with their online web form:

    Be sure to incude a valid email address so that you can receive a complaint number as your confirmation that your complaint as been received and logged.

    If you submit a complaint through the OIG, do not also submit their printed complaint form (Traveler Inquiry Form / OMB No. 1652-0044). If the OIG finds that your complaint is already lodged elsewhere in DHS, his office will cease any action of their own.

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