Thursday, July 24, 2008

Checking travellers at airports: security or humiliation?

When travelers go to the airport, they know what kind of security to expect: luggage searches, metal detectors and shoe inspections. 

It's all part of our post 9-11 reality enforced by the Transportation Security Adminstration. But as CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman reports, thousands of travelers have complained that some of these screenings can become abusive and even x-rated. 

For arguing with a TSA agent, Robin Kassner wound up being slammed to the floor. She's filed a lawsuit. 

"I kept begging them over and over again get off of me ... and they wouldn't stop," Kassner said. 

And it wasn't enough for another woman to show TSA agents nipple rings that set off a metal detector. The agents forced her to take them out. 

Mandi Hamlin said, "I had to get pliers and pull it apart."  More...

See also: WTF!Bush flies into Heathrow, pisses off 40,000 passengers!!!

And this: Airports install scanners that see through clothes...

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