Sun, Dec 05, 2004
Objects to being frisked, tells agent "If you touch me, I'll
This business of
frisking male and female passengers without taking into
consideration the gender of both the "frisker" and "friskee" is
getting out of hand.
A woman who was in the process of taking a flight from Fargo
(ND) may be charged with a misdemeanor assault charge for hitting
an agent of the Transportation Security Administration after he
tried to pat her down. The weapon?
Her boarding pass.
The unidentified 48-year-old woman did not take kindly to the
agent telling her that she was going to be patted down by the male
agent after she repeatedly set off the metal detectors at the
airport, according to Lt. Tod Dahle of the police department.
"She said if anybody was going to touch her, she was going to
touch them," Dahle told the Associated Press. She was "just an
average middle-aged person who got upset."
The passenger was eventually sent on her way, but on a different
flight. She will, however, have to face the assault charge.
Complaints from women after airport pat downs are on the rise
since the measure was instituted after two female passengers
allegedly set off bombs on two Russian airliners, killing 90
people. As with all TSA searches of passengers, they are conducted
in full view of any other passengers in the area. A TSA
spokesperson stated that the agency has received 250 complaints
since the policy was put in place in September, mostly from women
complaining about TSA agents putting their open hands on their
shoulders, waists and breasts.
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