DFW TSA Agents Targeted Women for Nude Screening

Ginger Allen at CBS11 broke this story two weeks ago. Two days ago, as a result of Allen’s reporting, Sen. Charles Schumer (D, NY) said he would introduce legislation requiring passenger advocates at every airport. So good work, Ginger.

The TSA has responded:

“All of our millimeter wave technology units including those in Dallas have been upgraded with additional privacy enhancements that no longer display passenger-specific images,” the TSA said in a statement. “To further ensure passenger privacy and anonymity, a privacy filter was applied to blur all images.”

So far, so good. A clear victory for the good guys based on good reporting from Ginger Allen.

But I have a question. The TSA knows the general times and the specific gates at DFW where these incidents took place. That means they know which male employees were on those particular shifts. So why haven’t the goofs been fired?


  • MikeR

    Because they don’t care?

  • Katy

    Hmph. So, the advocates will be employed by the TSA? Yeah, sure, I trust them to be my advocate. Lame.

  • Former Texan

    I’m trying to find the article again, but I thought they only changed some of the machines, including those at DFW, to show a generic image. I suspect that they have overstated the facts when they claim to have changed them all.

  • D. Shapiro

    Are there gates where you have an option to not be naked screened? I’ve had to go through the naked box all 6 times I’ve flown out of DFW last year. Maybe I should wear looser fitting pants.

  • Long Memory

    Shouldn’t just be women fired, Wick. If I saw Ms. Allen’s story correctly, the male agents were pointing out who they wanted to “see” and a as a female agent was facilitating the “scan.” The victim in the story realized she’d been, uh, had when she heard the female agent tell the men that they’d had enough time to see what they wanted to see. So she should be gone, too, in my opinion.

  • nick

    note that the passenger waited SIX MONTHS before she filed this “complaint”. she was “unaware” that she had the option of filing said complaint. she was also unaware that she had the option to “opt-out” of the body scanner. do women always take compliments of having a “cute figure” from ANOTHER FEMALE as a form of harassment? note that in the original article, which is clearly hyperlinked at the beginning of this one, that all checkpoints are monitored by CCTV, at all times. those videos are stored for 30 days, which this “complaint” was filed SIX MONTHS following the incident. unfortunately, this is the reason that the tapes cannot be reviewed. there is always adequate signage at the checkpoints posted explaining the processes involved in plain sight, and if youre unsure or confused or curious, dont be afraid to speak up and ask an officer. if youre unhappy with the process, please ask to speak to the checkpoint supervisor, or a manager, and dont forget that passenger complaint forms are readily available at all checkpoint locations. these facts and the ignorance of the passenger make me highly doubt her integrety and accountability.

  • Daniel Tosh

    Seems a fair option: either 3 people can see my junk, or 1 person can feel my junk. I’m not sure I’m qualified to make that decision. Thank goodness the trained professionals of the TSA are there to make the tough decisions that we travellers don’t have the strength to.

    Surprisingly, that’s actually the same choice I gave my wife on Valentine’s Day.

  • Liz Landry

    @nick Interesting that you say the complaint was filed six months after the incident, since the story only says several months, perhaps you have some tie in to TSA. Also, she doesn’t need you to believe her in order for it to have happened, her husband was with her as a witness and remembering my last trip to the airport, I can promise you that I did not read any of the multiple signs posted everywhere as my mind was on my trip and making it to the gate. Also, making a comment on someone’s body in a sexual manner, whether a woman or a man, is not acceptable at your place of work. That woman was on her job, so yes, what she said is harassment. I suggest you attend some classes if that is a hard concept for you to understand. This wasn’t some woman also waiting in line telling her how much she loved her shoes or purse. Also, the hurried atmosphere of the airport does not lend itself to filling out forms or asking for supervisors. I’m sure she thought about it and decided that dealing with it at a later date would be more beneficial to her travel plans.

  • Liz Landry

    @nick And, even if you don’t believe this one woman, how about the other 500? From the story: CBS 11 News dug through more than 500 records of TSA complaints and found a pattern of women who believe that there was nothing random about the way they were selected for extra screening.

  • Long Memory

    @rick: You know, when I’m catching a flight I always look for a chance to tick off the TSA people. Gives me time to read the signs telling me what rights are. People have lives. If she had turned and smacked Helga of the TSA, I’m sure she could have gotten their attention too.

  • brett

    Nick just thinks it’s acceptable to blame the victim in this case. It’s HER fault she got felt up.

  • Pigskinnie

    It seems clear that this one woman was not an isolated case. I’m just glad she blew the whistle on these creeps.