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As View from the Wing has stated in the past, TSA has yet to catch a terrorist, which raises the question if TSA security procedures are becoming overly intrusive for the wrong reasons.
On this note, one muslim woman, who is a U.S. citizen who was traveling for a speaking engagement, was subjected to an intrusive security screening by the TSA, where she was forced to show TSA her bloody pad, as they needed to take a deeper look after patting down her groin area.
Per the Huffington Post,
Zainab Merchant, a graduate student at Harvard University and the founder and editor of the website Zainab Rights, was already anxious about traveling from Boston to Washington, D.C., for a speaking engagement. As a Muslim woman, she was all too aware of a frightening pattern in her travel experiences.
What she did not expect was for a TSA officer to announce to the other agents at the security checkpoint that she needed to take “a deeper look” after publicly patting down Merchant’s groin area.
Merchant said she resisted at first, telling the two TSA officers that she was on her period and therefore wearing a menstrual pad. She insisted that any additional screening be done in public, fearing that if she went into a private room without any other witnesses, the situation would only escalate.
But according to Merchant, TSA officials refused and said that if she did not comply, state troopers who were on standby would intervene. Pressured into a private screening and forbidden to call her lawyer, she was led into a private room where TSA officers demanded that she pull down her pants and underwear.