22 Responses

  1. AAdvantage Geek
    AAdvantage Geek at |

    Wow.

  2. boberonicus
    boberonicus at |

    “Scumbag” seems a bit harsh. I doubt the TSA guy really relishes this part of his job.

  3. Kerwin
    Kerwin at |

    Why did he not request a private screening?

    I’ve gone through the screening process (did it for a week of travels) and it was actually not as bad as I thought and I passed through major hubs as well as smaller cities.

    This crew is obviously not with it and need some re-training, geez…

    I’m unsure why his pants buckle/front was open though?

    You should share this with the guy in charge of the TSA.

  4. Richard Chen
    Richard Chen at |

    Security theater won’t make the nation safer. It’s unfortunate how this is too big a thought for the TSA.

  5. Susan
    Susan at |

    No excuse for this. Would also guess there was a language issue.

  6. COFlyerCLE
    COFlyerCLE at |

    Wow. Great catch, unbelievable – but not surprising in the least.

  7. Storm
    Storm at |

    It seems from the second photo that the guy may have been wearing multiple pairs of pants (looks like khakis/chinos under the jeans). If so, I could see why it would make TSA suspicious and warrant a more thorough search, including a pat down underneath the outer pair of pants (but outside the inner pair of pants). It would also make the assertion that TSA was “reaching down some guy’s pants” a bit of an overstatement.

  8. CuppaJoe
    CuppaJoe at |

    You idiots, the agent is holding the guys pants up so they don’t fall down from having the belt removed. Open your eyes and brain before your mouth for a change.

  9. Storm
    Storm at |

    It still looks to me like he was wearing multiple pairs of pants. In that case, it’s really no different than having someone remove a bulky sweater or other piece of outer clothing.

  10. Mike
    Mike at |

    “Scumbag” is right on the mark. Odds are it’s a tad too intellectual for one of TSA’s perverts to understand.

  11. JMcCoy
    JMcCoy at |

    Seth, as you were dumbfounded, and you watched it happen live … did you say anything? Or simply took a couple of pictures and walked away?

  12. Lisa Simeone
    Lisa Simeone at |

    Par for the course. The TSA’s mission is to bully, harass, and abuse passengers, and it carries out that mission to a T, as this document confirms:

    Master List of TSA Abuses and Crimes
    http://www.travelunderground.org/index.php?pages/tsa-abuse-master-lists/#LisaSimeone

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  14. idontflyanymore
    idontflyanymore at |

    @boberonicus – if the blue-shirted scumbag hates his job, he can get another one if he has any skills at all outside of “groping people for money.” Or do you think he’s only there to see what he can steal?

  15. Simmons
    Simmons at |

    Seth I was there to. Not 10 feet from the guy putting on my shoes. You do not, like all the rest of the TSA bashers, ever tell the whole truth about people because first, it would not help them with their paranoid rantings Second, the gentleman was mentally impaired and the TSA agent was doing his best to keep the guys pants up while the dude just stood there without communicating anything..the TSA agent did the best and was as resepctful as you could be when dealing with a mentally impaired/disabled customer….

  16. THawk996
    THawk996 at |

    @Simmons – The TSA screener may be holding up the passenger’s pants in a respectful manner, but you still haven’t explained why the TSA screener felt it necessary to pull down the passenger’s pants in the first place.

  17. Jeff Pierce
    Jeff Pierce at |

    Simmons, et. al. “paranoid rantings” ?

    If I wanted to be a paranoid ranter, I would “rant” that there are millions of losers who defend the TSA’s illegal and abusive tactics – why, I even heard of one who thought the United States is defending liberty by physically exploring the genital and near-genital areas of mentally impaired people in its country.

    What’s next – feeling the crotch area of a terminally ill, dying 95-year old cancer victim on her last flight ever? And needing to have a “Depends” diaper removed so the crotch area can be ‘cleared’?

    But wait…that is all true. I have to work harder to rant.

    I encourage all who actually care for details on WHY many of us think this is ILLEGAL and WHY we feel there is no justifiable “SECURITY RISK” to put up with government clerks looking at low-quality pornography, fondling our and our children’s private parts, or performing inch-by-inch searches of our persons without even a reasonable suspicion (as in, police CAN’T do these searches legally), to download the INFORMATION KIT at http://fttusa.org .

    SETH – keep up the good work. Every indignity inflicted on fellow citizens to make gutless people feel safer just demeans the true ideals of our country.

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  19. Rick
    Rick at |

    @THank996-
    The agent pulled the passengers pants down because he had to pat down the passengers SECOND pair of pants. Which in itself raises a red flag in any security situation.

    @IDontFlyAnymore-
    Do you realize how ignorant you sound? You make “getting a new job” sound so easy in this economy. Believe me, TSA agents despise doing pat downs, but it needs to be done. Not in an obscene way, granted.

    @All the whiners-
    You people bitch and moan about the TSA, but if God forbid somebody gets through security (like the foiled shoe bomber or underwear bomber) and causes harm, you’re the first people to bitch and moan that they didn’t do their job. Good Lord! I also find it ironic that somebody who calls another person a “scumbag” for doing his job, is talking about staying “classy”.

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