A TSA agent was arrested and charged with sexual assault for molesting a college foreign exchange student during a strip search at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Tuesday.
The unidentified agent approached her on the third floor of Terminal B and demanded her to follow him for “additional screening,” after saying he needed to see if she had a knife or a weapon.
According to Port Authority Police reports, the agent led her to a men’s restroom where he asked her to lift her shirt and allegedly touched her breasts and put his hand down her shorts before allowing her to leave.
The victim later filed a complaint with police, and with the help of witnesses who recognized the suspect, the uniformed agent was arrested after being picked out of a photo line-up on Thursday.
TSA spokespeople have offered no comment on the allegations but the agency has a long history of sexually abusing and molesting passengers – not to mention hiring convicted criminals and pedophiles.
In May, documents obtained by Judicial Watch via Freedom of Information requests revealed that TSA sexual abuse is overflowing in airports across the nation.
The 58 pages of material details passenger complaints from 2013 alone that allege sexual assaults at Dulles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport.
A sample of what the documents contain include:
July 5, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” O’Hare Airport:
The female TSO then proceeded to roughly feel of [sic] her breast including her nipples. The TSO didn’t go under her arms or along her sides. She indicated that she did not receive a proper pat down. The search was limited to her breast… Two other individuals came over to where the supervisor and gentleman were and they began laughing. The caller indicated that the incident was not the business of the other two officers and not a show for them. The caller indicated that even the Supervisor, along with the others, began to roar with laughter.
July 29, 2013, “To/From Memo,” O’Hare Airport:
The person began to tell me how TSO [redacted] stuck his hands down his pants and grabbed the top of his penis and placed his fingers in his butt crack… The person was sure that he was violated and wanted to talk to a supervisor…. He said he is going to file a police report with Chicago Police Department and file a lawsuit against TSA and Officer [redacted] and walked away.”
April 7, 2013, at Denver International Airport:
At approximately 14:10 hours on the South Checkpoint, near lane 4 a passenger complained that he sustained an injury resulting from the aggressive actions of the the [sic] TSO [Transportation Security Officer] conducting a pat down search…The passenger stated during the pat-down search he was struck very hard in the groin area, which caused him pain to his left testical [sic].
October 19, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” Los Angeles Airport:
She [TSA agent] then placed full palms squarely on my breasts and then moved around my breasts again. She then placed both palms against my breasts and I was shocked, humiliated, alarmed and assaulted and said ‘Stop! What are you doing? That’s not ok.’… I reported this to TSA Supervisor … She got the manager [redacted] and he said he would look at the video and TSA would send me a letter but it would not tell me the resolution and that I did not have a right to view the video… I will not be sexually assaulted at the airport. As a taxpayer, I pay for the TSA.”
July 6, 2013, “TSA Contact Center Record,” O’Hare Airport:
Caller indicates that her mother feels as though she was singled out because she was a breast cancer survivor and the caller feels as though this is extremely discriminatory. Caller indicates that the breast is an extremely intimate place that should not be rubbed in the manner that it was. Caller expressed that her mother feels extremely violated and the caller feels that being violated in this manner is on the same level as rape. Caller has indicated that her mother will never travel again because of the pat down that she received.
The documents presented only a gleam into what some analysts say is going on at every airport in the United States daily.
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton, noted after the documents release that the watchdog group had to claw to finally get the public records, adding that “the TSA is more interested in a cover-up than in addressing the problem that its employees violate innocent travelers too often, sexually or otherwise.”