Kicked out of RSW! The Double Opt-Out, Part III… Plus New Suit Filed
March 2, 2012 12 Comments
After filing my new lawsuit against the TSA for kicking me out of FLL airport 6 months ago, I went to RSW airport in hopes of having a nude body scanner-free travel experience to see my little sister get married. I got half way through a pat down before the screener realized that he wouldn’t be able to complete the pat down without “touching my junk.”
RSW used to be a safe airport, but unfortunately, RSW installed nude body scanners about 2 weeks ago. I was completely unaware (which is unusual ), and quite disappointed to turn a corner and see an L3 ATD millimeter wave device.
As per usual, I opted out, and the screener gives me the run down about what he’s going to do using “TSA-speak” (“use the back of my hands…”, “…meet resistance…”, etc.). I asked the TSA screener if that meant he’d be “touching my junk,” and he re-explained using TSA-speak. I then asked again, “Sooo… you’re going to be touching my junk?” and he thinks for a few seconds and, somewhat embarassed, conceeds, “Yeah, basically.” I tell him I won’t consent to touching my genitals, and will have to file a police report if he does.
Naturally, he calls over a supervisor, who gives me the same monologue. I repeat that I consent as long as he won’t be touching my genitals, and she tells me that she can call over a police officer to make sure that doesn’t happen. Mildly impressed that maybe I’d be able to watch my little sister walk down the aisle, I wait and within a couple minutes, a cop labeled “APD” (assuming Airport Police Department?) comes by, asks me if I have anything illegal (do people really say “yes” to that even if they do?), and the screener begins the pat-down by touching my hair. My hair, mind you, is about 2 inches long, but no matter.
He gets down to the waist area and then explains again to me the TSA speak. He demonstrates on his own body by putting his hands backwards at his belt about an inch apart and running them down from belt to thigh. I ask him how he intends to do that without touching my genitals, at which point an STSO stops him and tells me “we’re done” and that I’ll be escorted out.
So, there you have it, if there was any doubt left that TOUCHING YOUR GENITALS IS A MANDATORY PART OF THE TSA PAT DOWN SEARCH.
Working hard to continue the court stuff and more. This abuse has got to go, and now I’ve got to try and find a way to my little sister.
[Edit - One more thing. The STSO literally stole my boarding pass from me. She asked for my ID, which I refused to give her, and then said "fine, I'll just take your boarding pass." I never got it back. I may amend my lawsuit to add more Privacy Act claims regarding this, especially since I don't have to wait for the 6 month FTCA notice period to lapse before I can go after them for that.]