Patdowns For Pleasure: TSA Screeners Fired For Groping ‘Attractive’ Male Travelers

Be on the lookout for TSA screeners giving you an extra thorough “patdown for pleasure” next time you fly!

Two Transportation Security Administration screeners at Denver International Airport, have been fired after CBS4 Denver reported they were manipulating passenger screening systems to allow a male TSA employee to fondle the genital areas of attractive male passengers.

The TSA crew reportedly fondled men for pleasure nearly a dozen times, according to CBS4.

A male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at DIA, according to aw enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”

CBS4 Denver reports:

On Feb. 9 TSA security supervisor Chris Higgins watched the screening area, observing the employees. “At about 0925 he observed (the male TSA screener) appear to give a signal to another screener … (the second female screener) was responsible for the touchscreen system that controls whether or not the scanning machine alerts to gender- specific anomalies, according to a law enforcement report obtained by CBS4.

According to the report, the TSA investigator then watched a male passenger enter the scanner at DIA “and observed (the female TSA agent) press the screening button for a female. The scanner alerted to an anomaly, and Higgins observed (the male TSA screener) conduct a pat down of the passenger’s front groin and buttocks area with the palm of his hands, which is contradictory to TSA searching policy.”
Higgins later interviewed the female TSA agent who was an accomplice in the groping conspiracy. She “admitted that she has done this for (the male TSA officer) at least 10 other times. She knew that doing so would allow (the male TSA officer) to perform a pat down on a male passenger that (the male TSA screener) found attractive,” reported Higgins.
The TSA said the male passenger who they saw being fondled was flying on Southwest Airlines and the agency has videotape of the incident. CBS4 has requested the tape but it was not immediately released. TSA has said it could not identify the male passenger who was groped and the agency says there have been no other complaints about the serial groping.

Perhaps the TSA pleasure crew was inspired by this half-naked traveler who was arrested at the Richmond airport in 2011 for disorderly conduct. When TSA staff directed him to enter one of those see-through screening machines, Tobey yanked his shirt off revealing the text of the fourth amendment penned across his bare chest.

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h/t: instinct