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Originally posted by scrybe
Just think about it. You're in line and in a hurry to make it to your flight on time. The air is hot and stuffy, and it smells slightly of mildew and cheap air freshener. The machines are noisy. The plastic containers full of people's personal belongings clank around the conveyors. TSA agents are shuffling and yelling all around. They're rude and short with people; service with a smirk. The guy behind you just stopped yacking into his blue-tooth headset, and now has nothing to do but huff and puff behind you. Now, you've been randomly selected to be patted down. As part of the processes, your bags are opened and your belongings gone through. You're wanded over by the TSA "agent" with the hand-held metal detector. Next, you're groped up your legs, back, chest, along your arms, and under your waistband. Finally, your genitals are probed, lest they be bombs. Your face turns red and you start to feel humiliated. Thankfully, no one knows you there and you can just continue on your journey. As soon as you're able, you collect your disorderly pile of belongings. The TSA agent coldly says "Have a nice day" without even bothering to look at you.
Then it hits you. Your bag and your body have just been touched all over by people who are touching other peoples' belongings and bodies all day long. How many people have they come in contact with? How many have just spent time in a foreign country, and brought back some strange, exotic disease? How many bed bugs are on you or in your bag? How many strangers' genitals have been on those pair of gloves? How many of them have sexually-transmitted diseases?
I guess you'll just have to wait and see.
"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."