TSA manager Shane Hinkle charged with sexual abuse

And yet another TSA agent has been arrested for sexual assault. 

Oh, well. Just another day in the TSA!

Shane Hinkle, 38 — not just a TSA agent, but a manager, no less, at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky — was arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a fellow employee. He resigned from the TSA later that day.

No, he wasn’t fired. But then we all know that, as the TSA says:

“TSA holds its employees to the highest ethical standards and expects all employees to conduct themselves with integrity and professionalism.”

We’ve heard that line so many times we have it memorized. It’s trotted out every time one of the blue-shirted thieves or molesters is caught. (Of course, we also know that many more of them out there aren’t caught.)

Hinkle’s mistake was that one of his assaults was caught on camera. Too bad the same doesn’t apply to the rest of the poor schmucks who get assaulted while going through security, as thousands of people can attest.

I suppose one could say there’s a certain poetic justice in this case. The TSA abuses everyone else; why shouldn’t they also abuse each other?

But since I don’t think anyone should be abused, sexually or otherwise, I think I’ll look for justice elsewhere.

(Photo: WTVQ)

Cross-posted at ABombazine.

  • enalylius

    I don’t feel bad for him and I don’t feel bad for the person he did it to either.

  • Tika1505

    Likely he will use the SOP as a defense?

  • RonBonner

    Hinkle was one of TSA’s Transportation Security Managers (TSM), the people who supervise entire terminals. I would have to believe that his interpretation of TSA policies and procedures was also passed on to workers under his supervision.

    Second issue is that he resigned. So if he pleads down to a minor misdemeanor and gets off will he be back on the job in a few weeks? Should have been placed on suspension and prosecuted under federal statutes.

  • Markéta Nomma

    This is pathetic. We are not made safer by deviants like this man jamming his hands down our pants. We are safer for a couple of reasons – heavy bulkhead doors into the cockpit, and passengers who are alert to problems. When 9/11 happened we all followed the old rule which was to go along with the hijacker, and then we’d all get repatriated from Cuba. Once the people of Flight 93 heard what was happening, they fought back. The traveling public took down the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber. Thugs like the above do not make us safer. We make ourselves safer.

    I suspect he is going to claim he was showing her HOW to do a search. Pardon me while I vomit. (I wonder what is wrong with Pistole that he has such an obsession with our underwear. Is he still in elementary school?)

  • Daisiemae

    Was he on the clock and wearing his TSA uniform and badge? Well then, according to our master John Pistole, Hinkle was operating according to established procedure.

    Oh, Hinkle committed a crime? It was sexual abuse? But only when he does it to a fellow employee, not when he does it to innocent men, women, and children who simply want to get to work, go on a vacation, or visit relatives?

    Which one is it? A crime? Or established procedure?

    The answer: The established procedure is a crime.

    It’s time to start prosecuting ALL these government clerks who sexually assault innocent people. It’s time to start prosecuting John Pistole and the other high level officials at TSA for establishing and enforcing the procedure of sexually assaulting innocent people.

  • 1amWendy

    Talk about work bleeding into other aspects of life [sarc] Legal to commit against victim passengers, illegal to commit anywhere else.

    • Robert Hollis Weber

      I’d be curious to know what the “sexual abuse” was for which he was charged, but you make a great point, Wendy: if it involves inappropriate touching of a co-worker it sure is ironic. Do it to the public and you’re ok; do it to a co-worker and it’s a crime.

      Can’t wait until he goes to court and cites as his defense a belief that the fellow employee intended to board an aircraft at the end of his/her shift….

      • Robert, see links. Touching co-worker’s breasts and shoving his hand down her pants. What they do to the traveling public all the time!

        • RonBonner

          So why is it a problem if a TSA employee does to an employee those things which are done to passengers?

          • Now, now, Ron, you know TSA agents are Special. And when they smile, and offer “good customer service,” they’re Extra Special!

          • RonBonner

            Are you reffering to a recent article?

        • Chris Bray

          He obviously forgot to immunize himself by ritually intoning a notice that he was going to probe until he encountered resistance.