TSA Gifts for You: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea & Lice

latex glove The TSA horror stories keep coming ... the latest and perhaps most disgusting involves a young woman who was "humiliated" after her sanitary napkin was spotted on the scanner and she was singled out for an invasive pat-down.

Her email to Gladrags, the manufacturer of the sanitary pad she was wearing -- an alternative, reusable cloth one -- stated:

These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (lie a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your "groin" while another woman watches on.

There's obviously plenty of room for improvement in TSA procedures and there have been some clear and inexcusable excuses of agents abusing their power, BUT when it comes to safety thousands of miles up in the air with strangers, if someone is packing something in her pants, I want to know it's a just a pad.

So that's not the part of this story that's so upsetting.


The disgusting part was brought to light in a little detail within it. Namely, that after such pat-downs -- one sufficient enough to make sure a pad is just a pad -- the TSA agents aren't changing their gloves.

I'll give you a moment to go vomit.

That's right, the same gloved fingers wandering over your fellow passengers' nether regions are groping yours with the SAME GLOVES.

And it's not just gross, it could be dangerous to your health!

Some doctors say viruses like syphilis, lice, gonorrhea, chlamydia, strep, and papilloma viruses can be transferred from your fellow passenger to you during a body search.

Can imagine trying to convince your husband that you got gonorrhea but have no idea how?

Dr. Thomas Warner from Wisconsin told WorldNetDaily:

There is no doubt that bacteria (staph, strep, v.cholerae etc.) and viruses (noro, enteroviruses, herpes, hepatitis A, and papilloma viruses) can be spread by contaminated vinyl or latex gloves.

If a traveller has diarrhea and is soiled, as can and does happen, the causative agent can be spread by this method since bacteria and viruses in moist environments have greater viability.

The traveler readjusting clothes can easily get the infectious agents on their hands and therefore into their mouth, nose, and eyes.

All the TSA news I'd read to date hasn't made me less likely to fly, until this.

I personally haven't been subjected to a pat-down, but I assumed they would have to change those gloves. I mean if the guy who makes my sandwich or the nurse who just takes my kid's temperature does so every time I visit them, one would think someone groping crotches would as well.

According to the CDC, passengers can ask that agents change their gloves.

"If you are traveling and are going to be searched, you can request that the TSA agent change his or her gloves," the agency said in a statement. 

Oh, you can bet I will, but how about them being required to in the name of hygiene and health? 

Did you know that TSA agents don't change their gloves between pat-downs? Do you think they should made to change their gloves between each pat-down?

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