Your Govt at Work: TSA feels up CNN Political Commentator
CNN political commentator Angela Rye posted a controversial video on her Twitter account last week which shows her undergoing an aggressive pat-down from a TSA agent.
— Angela Rye! (@angela_rye) December 16, 2016
Rye set off the full body scanner after she was randomly selected for additional screening at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The video shows a female TSA officer patting down Rye in what some might consider an intrusive inspection. At the end of the clip, Rye begins to cry as embarrassment and humiliation set in.
“I fly several times a week and this has never happened, so this is alarming,” Rye tells an officer off-camera before the pat-down begins. Rye had the option of the additional search being performed in private, but she instead chose to do it in public. “I wouldn’t have felt safer or less violated in ‘private,'” she tweeted. “I didn’t want my vagina patted down in a back room anymore than in public.”
The officer off-screen pointed out that it could be Rye’s dress which is causing the full body scanner do detect an anomaly. As the female officer goes through her procedure, Rye begins to tear up.
In an op-ed published after the incident, the political commentator said she let the TSA officers know she had a Homeland Security background, and the check was a “severe violation of my privacy and civil liberties.”
“I didn’t care about anything but one place on my body,” Rye wrote.
She originally protested the pat-down, but a security manager claimed she would be escorted out of the airport if she refused it.
Rye received numerous support from Twitter users after she uploaded the video.
— Jason Fuller (@BlueLightsShine) December 16, 2016
— Gail Heath (@gailmarieheath) December 16, 2016
— Krombopulos Michael (@xJohnx24) December 17, 2016
[TSA is the perfect haven for perverts, where else can you feel up some woman and get paid for it, too? - ED}
Rye claims she shared the video, even though it was humiliating to her, because she wanted to bring awareness to an issue which many people might have a problem with — particularly those who have been sexually abused in the past.
“I initially recorded the video so I could send it to TSA to raise questions about the process and challenge the agency on whether these incidents of violation truly prevent terrorist attacks,” Rye wrote.
“I began to think about friends of mine who are victims of sexual assault,” she added. “I worried that if they were subjected to the same kind of search it could have disastrous emotional impact.”
The article first appeared here.