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Rape Survivor Assaulted by the TSACeleste (she chose not to reveal her full name) was a rape survivor and a seasoned air traveler who, like many other travelers, wasn't immediately aware of the pat-down changes that occurred in October of 2010. She flew from Minneapolis to Chicago before the changes were instituted, and faced a more old-fashioned approach to security - walking through a metal detector, having her luggage scanned and maybe getting a cursory "pat down" if there were any questions about what she was bringing on to the plane. On the return trip to Minnesota, after the more extensive TSA procedure was introduced, she felt like she got assaulted all over again.
Celeste had previously tried to avoid the full-on body scanners because "why should I have to let people see me naked to get on a plane?... This is my body, I’ve worked many years to re-establish the feeling that I’m allowed to have control over my body after being raped. Even the thought of that leaves me feeling dirty and vulnerable again." So it's very, very hard to imagine the crushing feeling when a completely random person strokes her fingers all over her vagina without warning.
Even worse, when Celeste refused to submit to a full-on body search using X-ray scanners, numerous TSA agents were called to the scene, loudly announcing "we have an opt-out here." She was then examined by a man, a breach in protocol, as TSA agents can only inspect members of their own sex. When he patted her crotch, she broke down and prayed.
SOURCE: PNCMinnesota.coml< << PREV 1 of 12 NEXT >>
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