Yukon Woman Humiliated By TSA Pat Down
Posted: Nov 22, 2010 11:25 AM Updated: Nov 22, 2010 7:06 PM Monday, November 22, 2010 9:06 PM ESTMonday, November 22, 2010 1:25 PM EST
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Karen Bubb said she was humiliated while receiving a pat down at the Colorado Springs airport.
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The TSA website said pat downs are only done if a traveler doesn’t want a body scan or if someone sets off the metal detector.
Jennifer Pierce, News 9
YUKON, Oklahoma — Add one more person to the ever growing list of travelers frustrated with the Transportation Safety Administration’s new security guidelines.
Yukon resident Karen Bubb said she knew very little about the pat downs and screeners when she was traveling with her 13-year-old daughter on November 8 at the Colorado Springs airport.
She said not only was she was sniffed by an airport dog, but after going through the checkpoint metal detector without setting it off, she was approached by airport security.
“I actually think they had me picked out from the beginning,” Bubb said. “A TSA agent walked straight in front of me and said, ‘Come with me,’ and I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘I need you to step over this direction,'” Bubb said.
Bubb said the TSA employee touched her breasts and private areas outside her clothes and then inside her pants. Bubb said she was mortified and had to leave her daughter for about 20 minutes during this process.
“It’s not a pat, it’s a rub. They grip you, and they rub going all the way down your body,” Bubb said.
At one point, Bubb said the screener put her hand in Bubb’s pants.
“She told me you can thank the underwear bomber for this one,” Bubb said.
She contacted TSA and the Colorado Springs airport. The airport responded by saying the employees were just doing their jobs.
“I actually called them the Gestapo. I feel they are out of control,” Bubb said.
The TSA website said pat downs are only done if a traveler doesn’t want a body scan, which the Colorado Springs airport does not have, or if someone sets off the metal detector, in which case Bubb said she did not.
Will Rogers World Airport has not yet installed the controversial body scanners but are slated to received them sometime next year.
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