by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer
“I don’t understand how a sexual assault can be made a condition of my flying,” said 31-year-old John Tyner to a pair of Transportation Security Administration officials insisting on giving him a “groin check” before boarding his plane.
When a TSA agent informed Tyner that he would be subjected to a pat-down, he warned the agents, “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested.” As a result, he was denied his flight, and then told not to leave the airport. He left anyway. That incident occurred in 2010.
This one occurred in 2015:
“In a manifestation of the some of the worst suspicions of air travelers, two Denver-based Transportation Security Administration screeners were fired for setting up a system that allowed one of them to grope men’s genitals, according to a CBS Denver investigation. Their system let the male employee “grope” the crotch area of male passengers [he] thought to be attractive almost a dozen times, CBS Denver learned.”
A number of questions occur, and I will pose some of them now.
1. How much more of our liberties are we willing to surrender to government in return for security, or at least the illusion of it?
2. Are we becoming accustomed to having our private parts viewed and even touched by federal agents before we board an aircraft? Is this merely a small inconvenience, a necessary precaution, or the first step down the proverbial slippery slope?
3. In the recent Denver incident, a TSA supervisor spied on the suspected agents, recorded their illegal actions, but then did not even ask the victimized passenger his name. Without a victim, no crime can apparently be charged. Don’t TSA agents witnessing a crime have a duty to immediately call in law enforcement? Are they permitted to watch the crime, and then only fill out a report?
4. How many more incidents like this has the TSA ignored or covered up?
Complaints are reportedly legion, but only in the Denver incident was anything done, and even that involved only paperwork and two firings, no arrests.
Below are links to those two incidents: