With word out last week that the TSA planned to make pat downs ‘more intimate’ — reducing the number of pat down options just to the single, most-invasive kind — the TSA has been reaching out to local police in anticipation that some passengers will be calling to report sex assaults.
TSA decided to inform local police in case anyone calls to report an “abnormal” federal frisking, according to a memo from an airport trade association obtained by Bloomberg News.
…“Due to this change, TSA asked FSDs [field security directors] to contact airport law enforcement and brief them on the procedures in case they are notified that a passenger believes a [TSA employee] has subjected them to an abnormal screening practice,” ACI wrote.
Instead of using the back of the hands, “security screeners will use the front of their hands on a passenger in a private screening area if one of the prior screening methods indicates the presence of explosives.”
In other words, screening inspired by the nation’s new Chief Executive.
TSA believes that with the new pat down procedures, some passengers may not understand they haven’t been sexually assaulted.
“Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure,” TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson wrote March 3 in an email, describing why the agency notified police.
What’s perhaps even more striking about the new pat down procedures is why TSA is doing this.
Earlier it was reported that this was a response, 18 months later, to revelations that the TSA failed to catch most of the things they were supposed to stop trying to go through the checkpoint.
However, as the airports association distributing information on this — and which does not object to the practice — notes, the extreme vetting of passenger genitalia is “intended to reduce the cognitive burden on [employees] who previously had to choose from various pat-down procedures depending on the type of screening lane” in other words so that TSA employees wouldn’t have to think so hard. #impossibletoparody
TSA it’s worth reminding that Denver screeners were caught manipulating the nude-o-scopes to ‘alarm’ so that they could fondle attractive passengers.
TSA used to stand for ‘taking scissors away’ now it stands for ‘twisted sexual assualt’: