Woman Gropes TSA Agent & Makes Flying Hell for Everyone

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Yukari MihamaeThe rabid anti-TSA crowd has a new hero. A Colorado woman flipped out late last week in the Phoenix international airport. Yukari Mihamae is accused of reaching out to grope a TSA agent's left breast, squeezing and twisting with both hands. Police descended (duh!), and Mihamae has been charged with felony sexual assault.

To everyone who just put up a little cheer, shame on you. A woman was sexually molested, and you're excited? What does that say about you?

Oh, right, that the TSA finally "got what was coming to them"? That's the word on the web this morning, with Facebook groups already popping up demanding that a court "Acquit Yukari Mihamae," and sites claiming "turnabout" will get you arrested at an American airport.

But let's look at the evidence. A woman woke up on Thursday morning, and like so many Americans, she went to work. The fact is, she just so happens to be employed by the Transportation Security Administration. So her work put her on a screener line at a busy airport, where thousands of people walk past her every day, where she has to keep things moving. Where she has to do the job assigned to her by the federal government, or she doesn't get paid that day. And if she doesn't get paid, she can't feed herself or her family.

And on Thursday afternoon, she came face to face with Yukari Mihamae, a woman who refused to be screened. The woman, the agent, didn't make contact with the passenger. But standing there, just doing her job, she was violated. Someone reached out and grabbed her private body part, squeezed, and twisted.

According to headlines that calls this a "role-reversal," that woman who just got up that morning and went to work "deserved it." Deserved it because she went to work that day? Because she happens to work for the TSA? By that rubric, America, all passengers deserve to be sexually harassed because we decide to fly the not-so-friendly skies. Remember, the agent did nothing to Mihamae. She didn't grope her.

Don't you remember what your mom or maybe your kindergarten teacher taught you? Two wrongs don't make a right, folks. The agents of the TSA have no right to grope American citizens -- and by and large, they DON'T. But as long as passengers mistreat the agents and other Americans cheer that mistreatment, there is no room to complain that the federal government pushes its agents to go too far. As long as society can praise overstepping the bounds of humanity to "make a point," it's impossible to stand against the TSA overstepping the bounds of the Constitution to "protect us."

Make your choice America -- do you want to prove the TSA wrong, or do you want to get revenge?

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firee... fireeyes81

It's ok to grab the boobies, only if you're a Trained Sexual Assalter...

nonmember avatar Kate

So weird and screwed up. Naturally she's going to be seen as a hero by folks who are all whipped up by this anti-TSA fever. I fly a fair amount -- at least once or twice a month -- and have NEVER been groped. My sense is that there's more than a bit of anti-government paranoia (and if you read the blogs, weird racial shit) at the bottom of the "don't touch my junk" meme. The people who do the most complaining about it seem to be folks who fly very infrequently if at all. This lady sounds like she's just crazy.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

People should be paying attention to this, and cheering on Mihamae - crazy woman or not.  The fact of the matter is, we are expected to line up like cattle and tolerate a stranger's hands in private area just because we want to get on a plane in the name of "safety", and remember, it's not a big deal, right?  So why is the Agent suddenly a victim when a stranger puts hands on her breast?   Because the agent isn't concealing a bomb?   Neither are any of the passengers who've been "dinged in a private area" since this BS started.  So as far as I'm concerned, yes, turnaround is fair play.  If it's just a ding for a passenger, it's just a ding for the agents, too. 



JAFE JAFE

I don't feel this woman TSA agent deserved this at all. They aren't "her" rules and I feel she's just doing her job. The problem I have is that this has to be done in the first place and it's also highly unfair. I think every single person flying should be treated the same way. Either everyone gets screened or just "suspicious" people which will have everyone screaming "racial profiling" so we have to do it everyone. But the picking and choosing "who" to screen is where I have the problem.


BUT....an elderly woman in a wheelchair clearly doesn't have a bomb. Couldn't we be "nicer" about some of these screenings?

bills... billsfan1104

Hoticed, I have to disagree with you on this one. The passenger had no right to grab the breast, squeeze it and then twist it. The TSA wasnt even touching the passenger, nor was she "groping" her. I understand the whole thing with the TSA and the pat downs, I dont agree with it, and I wish they could do something different.

evwsq... evwsquared

It's only "turnabout," hoticedcoffee, if that agent did something to her first. She didn't. It's not tit for tat, it was premeditated and intentional.

nonmember avatar observer

All this proves is there is one set of laws for us and a different set of laws for them.

nonmember avatar Amy

Let's not forget why we have so much security! We don't want to be boarding planes with terrorists with weapons do we? These people are just doing there jobs. What that women did was wrong. The agent never touched her, she never should've laid a hand on the agent. All you people out there that are freaking out about the strict pat downs need to think back to what actually caused things to be this way!

Dirty... DirtyHippieFeet

This woman was not in the right, but something DOES need to be done about the way security is happening in our airports.

nonmember avatar Anon

It's good to know that, according to some of you, little old ladies can't be terrorists. I guess they just mellow with age? How do you manage to assume who is likely to have an explosive and who isn't? You aren't trained, the agents are. This woman had no right to assault a government employee just trying to do her job.

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