“Pat Down” at Airport: Up Too Close, Too Personal
|Search at Airport Feels Indecent to Some|
Rochester, N.Y. – We’ve heard concerns about new security screening procedures at airports–one man from Texas says he was in appropriately searched at a Florida airport.
Thomas Mollman’s attorney says the TSA’s behavior is no different than sexual assault.
Mollman had recently undergone surgery and was on pain medication, and when he forgot to remove his cell phone walking through security, he was pulled aside.
That’s when Mollman said he was searched three separate times, the final time, underneath his pants, on the skin.
“I was wearing shorts at the time…between the underwear right on the skin, all the way around the back, all the way around my front–360 degrees–touched inappropriately here and here, Mollman said.”
Mollman plans to file a complaint, but the TSA released a statement saying that pat-downs make good security sense.
The TSA also reminds travelers that they have the right to have a traveling companion present when they’re searched.
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