Former Miss USA Susie Castillo is speaking out about an absolutely disgusting experience she had to endure recently at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. When she opted out of doing a full-body scan (because, as a frequent traveler, she tries to avoid having extra radiation), she was instead subjected to an aggressive full-body pat-down by a female TSA official.
As she reports in a YouTube video she produced immediately following the incident and a blog post she wrote later on:
[This pat-down] was MUCH MORE invasive than my first one at LAX, just a week before. To say that I felt invaded is an understatement. What bothered me most was when she ran the back of her hands down my behind, felt around my breasts, and even came in contact with my vagina! The TSA employee at DFW touched private area 4 times, going up both legs from behind and from the front, each time touching me there. Was I at my gynecologist’s office? No! This was crazy!
She explained that she felt "completely helpless and violated during the entire process" and still does. She kept wondering what she had done to deserve this treatment as an upstanding, law-abiding American citizen.
As she was noticeably shaken up and crying directly after the incident, she was approached by a TSA volunteer who snagged her a manager to speak with. She was then told she could either fill out what looks like a comment card, call an official TSA number, or go online to file her complaint there.
Although Castillo chose to do what the TSA manager recommended, how much good could that pathetic "comment card" and the other two lame-as-hell options do? Speaking out like she is about what happened to her is actually the best thing Castillo could possibly do. Maybe she'll actually open some eyes to what's completely off and wrong about the way the TSA treats innocent travelers in this country. As Castillo writes on her YouTube account:
We can't sit back and watch the government take our rights away. These pat downs are a complete violation of our Constitutional rights. I was touched inappropriately and they're even making the elderly and children as young as 6 years old go through this. It has to stop! As a host and actress, my work requires me to travel often, and I don't want to get assaulted (or irradiated by those body scanners) every time I have to fly.
So much about this incident drives me nuts, because I couldn't agree more with Castillo.
But sadly, not everyone is on Team Susie. There are those who have already written about the incident with a tone of contempt for the former beauty queen, taunting her for opting out of being "radiated on" (gimme a break, she was clearly shaken up) in the first place. So what?? She travels frequently and if the girl wants to reduce her chances of cancer, she shouldn't instead be subjected to aggressive, sexually demeaning pat-downs!
Furthermore, what makes me totally nuts is that we all KNOW these security checks are, for the most part, window dressing. Castillo even says that when she complained in person right after the pat-down, a TSA agent agreed there really is no proof that any of these scans or checks work 100 percent of the time ...
We're not allowed to touch children like we do adults. If someone really wanted to hide something, they could use a child. I know. [There are] definitely loop holes with this.
Awesome. Seems as though it's time we all got a little more fed up with this and expressed collective outrage. You can follow Susie's lead by speaking up and contacting your congressional representatives to state that by taking certain security measures way too far, the TSA is compromising our liberties.
Here's Castillo's self-produced YouTube video that she filmed directly following the pat-down ...
What do you think -- are you outraged? What do you think should be done about the TSA's overly aggressive tactics?
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