Among the rights-trampling bureaucracies, many and various, the Transportation Security Administration is far from the most beloved.
Millions of Americans, in the course of trying to catch flights, experience TSA agents up close and personal.
Some of these official gropers are way too “handsy.”
One report comes to our attention from Charlotte Ann Kimbrough, former law enforcement officer.
When she told TSA agents that she had had two metal hip replacements, she expected to be wanded. Instead, “The woman groped my crotch — twice. She went underneath my dress. I knew I had to be calm for the man I was traveling with. . . . But he could see the look on my face. He started yelling. They got the woman who was groping me out of the way and brought in a boss, who tried to stop the situation from escalating. I do have anger at myself, that I let her do it to to me. . . . I keep getting feelings of guilt.”
Some TSA workers may be uncomfortable with what they are “forced” to do to innocents. Others enjoy the power they have to humiliate people. Still others — whistleblowers — do speak out against abuses.
But they face retaliation from higher-ups for doing so. All of these employees are subject to abuse by TSA bosses.
A government report details alleged misconduct that includes sexual harassment, verbal abuse of employees, and obstructing investigations into misconduct.
We should not be surprised. As Reason magazine puts it, “this isn’t an agency with a great track record when it comes to treating people well.”
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.