Friday, December 17, 2010

Does TSA disproportionately pat down women?

By Donald Sensing

A TSA inspector claims that the fact that women have anatomical features that, well, women have, justifies them to be aggressively and extensively patted down at airport security checkpoints. Seriously.

A woman suing the TSA for an invasive pat-down at the Albuquerque Sunport speaks only with KOB Eyewitness News 4. ...

“Heavily concentrating on my breast area where I told her I had a mastectomy the year previous and in just seemed to go on and on,” said [Adrienne] Durso. ...

“My son, who I’m very proud of spoke up and said ‘I went through the metal detector and I did not get a pat-down’ to which the supervisor said ‘well you don’t have boobs’,” she said.
We are well past protesting the simple outrageousness of the "enhanced" pat down procedures of the TSA. But of Ms. Durso's ordeal: Does this not beg for an "equal protection" lawsuit? Should women who have been patted down file suit to make the TSA prove that it does not disproportionately fondle pat down women at a higher rate than men? And if it does, can it prove that women, as a class, represent a greater threat to airliners that justify disproportionately higher numbers of women being "patted down" than men?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nothing will change until Americans start asking whether they are under arrest, or whether the TSA has a warrant for the search. Nothing will change. Keith