TSA screener slut-shames 15-year-old girl

by Sommer Gentry on June 17, 2013

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Mark Fraunfelder’s 15-year-old daughter was at LAX yesterday, trying to board a flight with a group of other students on a trip to visit some colleges. Unfortunately, the U.S. government had decided ahead of time to hire tens of thousands of strangers to intimidate and abuse her (and others) as they blocked the girl’s safe passage to her airplane.

A male TSA screener, who should have been concentrating on checking passenger IDs and boarding passes, was instead glaring at the girl, mumbling. Confused and unable to hear him, she asked, “Excuse me?” He responded: “You’re only 15, COVER YOURSELF!”

For the record, she was wearing leggings and a tank top with a large red-plaid long-sleeved shirt. Most viewers would find her outfit unremarkable, but what she was wearing is beside the point. An adult male, who might easily be mistaken for an authority figure by virtue of the fake badge on his uniform, and who doesn’t even know this young woman, publicly shamed her with a creepy, sexist insult.

What this loser said speaks volumes about his attitudes: he sexualizes young girls and then blames them for his failure to conduct himself honorably. There is an implicit threat in what he said – cover yourself . . . or else?

Or else you might be victimized, and it would be your fault because of how you’re dressed? She’s just a girl, living her life, and this guy presumes to tell her how she should live it differently to accomodate him.

Oh, the irony of screeners professing to be offended by a clothed teenager, after these amoral villains have spent years creating and eyeballing nude images of innocent travelers. Here we have a man who takes money to put his hands down peoples’ pants, who touches the genitalia of adults and children against their will, presuming to lecture a stranger on what is decent.

The TSA didn’t protect Mark Fraunfelder’s daughter. Instead, the agency dished out another dose of the sexual humiliation at which it excels (the only thing at which it excels). The TSA put this lowlife in a uniform and gave him leeway to harass women. This, along with everything else the TSA does, only makes us less safe.

I wish we could publish the name of this airport miscreant; we would if we knew it. Instead, we encourage you again to file your complaints during the last few days of the TSA’s public comment session, here. See what other people have already written, here.

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