Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 -- 12:47 pm
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now admits that airport scanners that can see through clothes to create images of the naked body can also detect sanitary napkins.
New York Times reporter Joe Sharkey wrote that he was getting a lot of question from women who travel in a little noticed article Monday.
"Do the imagers, for example, detect sanitary napkins?" women wanted to know. "Yes," wrote Sharkey.
"Does that then necessitate a pat-down? The T.S.A. couldn’t say. Screeners, the T.S.A. has said, are expected to exercise some discretion."
"And what about tampons?" asked the blog Feminist Peace Network. "They look kind of like sticks of dynamite. Are they going to ask us to pull them out and show them just to be sure?"
Some Americans are outraged at the idea that the TSA has the right to touch their private parts in the pat-down process.
On man trying to board a plane at San Diego International Airport threatened to have a screener arrested.
"If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested," the man, who blogs as Johnny Edge, said to agents.
"I felt what they were doing was a sexual assault, and that if they were anyone but the government, the act would be illegal," Edge wrote.
Continue reading at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/tsa-sees-sanitary-napkins-body-scans/
From Fire Dog Lake: http://my.firedoglake.com/watertiger/2010/11/16/capn-sully-dont-touch-my-wifes-junk/
It looks like your average airline passenger isn’t the only one who is balking at the idea of an intense fondling by TSA agents. Everyone’s favorite airplane pilot, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, is majorly pissed off at the blatant invasion of privacy:
On CNN’s American Morning Tuesday, anchor Kiran Chetry asked Sullenberger what he thinks of the pat down policy, paraphrasing John Tyner’s concerns this way: “I don’t want anybody but my wife and maybe my doctor touching me in the places these people are touching me.”
Sully, by the way, can land a passenger jet in a river without so much as getting a passenger wet, but he couldn’t stop the TSA from hand searching his own wife during a recent trip. (Hands off Mrs. Sully, you goons!) “She was touched in sensitive places,” said Sully.