Due to a knee implant, Antonia Riggs Miernik is always picked for extra screening at the airport.
One of the effects of the implant is that whenever the New Port Richey woman flies, she triggers the metal detectors at airport security. She says the normal procedure is that she is then subjected to a TSA pat down. She has experienced multiple pat downs since Sept. 11.
“I feel molested. I’d like to go take a shower with Lysol (afterwards),” Miernik said, describing the pat downs, which she said includes being “touched all over.”
An ABC News employee said she was subject to a “demeaning” search at Newark Liberty International Airport Sunday morning.
“The woman who checked me reached her hands inside my underwear and felt her way around,” she said. “It was basically worse than going to the gynecologist. It was embarrassing. It was demeaning. It was inappropriate.”
That search was against protocols and “never” should have happened, TSA administrator Pistole told “Good Morning America” today.
“There should never be a situation where that happens,” Pistole said. “The security officers are there to protect the traveling public. There are specific standard operating protocols, which they are to follow.”
Jeff Buske has invented underwear for men and women to protect their private bits when going through the full body scanners at the airport.
A thin piece of metal shaped like a fig leaf is placed in men’s underwear to block the view of the area while going through body scanners.
There are also pads made of the same material that women can place inside their bra.
The inventor of the product said while it will hide anatomy, it won’t hide anything illegal.
“If someone is trying to hide something large under the thing it’s going to show up as a bulge, visible to the eye,”
While it’s nice to have your private bits covered, I’m still concerned about the health issues and radiation.