It says something about how accustomed Americans have become to being groped at airports when they don’t even notice the person doing it is a drunk imposter, not a real TSA screener.
This is exactly what happened at San Francisco International Airport, according to a report in the SF Chronicle.
The report notes that a 53-year-old man walked into the airport wearing khakis, a blue polo shirt, and blue rubber gloves, and for an hour proceeded to impersonate a TSA official without being noticed.
In that time the man managed to lure at least two women, who have not been identified, into a private screening area. It is said that he then groped the women, claiming he was conducting enhanced pat downs on them.
Other TSA personnel only noticed something was amiss because according to official TSA policy, male screeners are prohibited from taking female fliers into the screening area without a female screener also being present.
The man was arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness, according to police. However, the most disturbing aspect of the case, which the TSA has attempted to keep quiet, is the fact that he cannot yet be charged with more serious counts because the two women just went about their business and caught their flights.
Should the women be identified, the man could face charges of sexual harassment and false imprisonment.
“The incident raises disturbing questions about who’s screening the screeners at SFO.” the Chronicle notes.
“They will be (investigating) this for a week,” said one law enforcement source, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case. “Someone has to pay for this.”
Many will find it disturbing that those supposedly in charge of securing the major transportation hubs do not even notice when a random stranger walks around pretending to be a colleague of theirs.
These are people who have been trained to watch out for suspicious behaviour. Can anyone with a blue shirt pass themselves off as TSA? The agency spent $50 million on uniform contracts last year, you’d think those shirts would be pretty unique for that price, but apparently not.
Ironically, it seems that the drunk guy did a better job than most actual TSA screeners, as no complaints were made by the women he gave pat-downs to, and presumably he didn’t share the sordid details of his actions and have a good laugh about it with his colleagues, as real TSA screeners have been known to do.
In fact, the TSA should really hire the drunk groping guy. After all, the agency has a rich history of hiring perverts, sexual predators and criminals.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.