“She said ‘spread your legs.’ And then she took her full palms and started at my neck and ran all the way down my body, full palms, constant contact. And when she got down to my feet, she was in constant contact from my ankles all the way up to my groin, across my groin, and down the other leg. And she did that twice,” Gigliotti said.
The TSA allegedly finds skirts as suspicious as turbans, according to a recently-searched Wendy James Gigliotti:
Gigliotti believes she was targeted because the TSA employee suggested she could be hiding something under her skirt, and she challenged the government to come up with a better way to detect a threat.
How similar does that sound to the TSA advisory about the additional screenings for all passengers who wear turbans:
The TSA says that because a turban is “non form-fitting,” it is more capable of concealing dangerous items than other forms of clothing. The TSA also says that its new AIT machines cannot see through the folds of a turban to determine if it is concealing a dangerous item.
So, here is where we are at with the TSA:
- All turban-wearing passengers are to have their turbans checked (metal detector), double checked (pat down) and triple checked (wand) when going through security. This has a heavy implication of racial profiling.
- Anyone – turban-wearing or not – may be selected at “random” to be scanned by the AIT machine. Evidently, if there is no AIT machine available, you must be subjected to an invasive pat down that includes the TSA employee touching your genitalia.
- If an AIT machine is present and you refuse the AIT scan, you will be subjected to this pat down.
Let’s not forget that we don’t even know whether the AIT can actually screen through layers of clothing. The Sikh Coalition, United Sikhs and SALDEF bring up the inconsistency in what the TSA has stated above about the non-form fitting nature of the turban and the limitations of the AIT, and what the Department of Homeland Security says about the AIT machines (bolding added for emphasis):
Advanced imaging technology is designed to bolster security by safely screening passengers for metallic and non-metallic threats – including weapons, explosives and other objects concealed under layers of clothing. The ARRA-funded machines will include the latest security enhancements to detect new and evolving threats.
Let’s not even get into the privacy or health issues that come with the detailed body images that the AIT scan produces. Further, as much as the TSA is calling all their procedures “optional” – i.e. a choice between an AIT scan, an invasive pat down – passengers must accept these procedures under duress for fear of being denied the ability to travel by air.
A public uproar is developing as more people are being subjected to these aggressive screening procedures. It’s sounding uglier by the day.