Oquendo allegedly brought her to a bathroom for “secondary security screening,” police said. He was charged with unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse and other charges.
TSA’s chief said, “The reason we have high standards is so when we find people who are acting inappropriately, you can take the appropriate action to terminate them if necessary,”
- It takes high standards to say it’s inappropriate to sexually assault a passenger under the color of authority?
- If that constitutes high standards, it’s what a former President dubbed “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: >Toqueville)
After the incident I wrote derisively, “A few bad apples who in no way…” Each time the TSA has an incident, which is disturbingly often, they say that such incidents are rare — that only a small percentage of their workforce are criminals. Which just underscores how bloated their workforce has become.
Naturally they explain away this one in eerily similar fashion:
He said every organization can have “some bad apples,” but that “the vast majority of people” at TSA are performing challenging jobs well.
Of course it was literally the day prior that a screener in New York stole a passenger’s $7000 watch and destroyed it in hopes of avoiding getting caught. And this isn’t the only sexualization of the security checkpoint in recent months.