posted on Jan, 25 2011 @ 11:52 AM
We went to St Thomas in November. On the return flight, we tried to check-in on line, because the baggage fees are lower if you check in on line, but
only I was able to. My boyfriend could not check in. He called the Airline and they said he had been randomly selected for an extra security check
and would not be able to check in until we got to the airport. He fumed all morning about how he felt he had been profiled because he is Hispanic and
I just kept trying to calm him down, inwardly chuckling and thinking it was no big deal. He was especially ticked off because he is a Vet who served
in the Coast Guard during Desert Storm. I was expecting the kind of patdown they give you before you can enter our football stadium for an NFL game.
It wasn't all over the news yet as the new patdowns had just started that weekend of our return flight. We got to the airport and went through
Customs, and then it got wierd. They made a big deal about stopping the line and closing the "barrier" (webbing between posts) and opening a
separate section to pull him out, with everyone else watching and wondering what was going on. The rest of us went through the metal detector and
then I went over to the side to wait and watched as they did the special patdown. Let me tell you, I was SHOCKED when they went all the way up his
legs to his groin, and they weren't any too gentle about it. He wears loose jeans, and they got right up in there, all the way up. The only thing
they didn't do was to actually grab his privates - the hands were flat and against (palm towards) his leg. I was quite surprised and no longer
amused when I saw them do that and they didn't take him in a private area or anything, just over to the side, in front of the rest of the passengers.
So I say GO JESSE! And if anybody does hear about a class action lawsuit, please let me know as I think my boyfriend would be very interested.