Shoshana Hebshi suing the TSA and Frontier Airlines

American citizen Shoshana Hebshi, who was hauled off a plane in handcuffs, taken to a jail cell, and strip-searched, is finally suing the TSA.

We wrote about Shoshana Hebshi here. She is one of the many victims of the post-9/11 paranoia and hysteria in this country. Many of us have been waiting for word of this lawsuit since Hebshi and two other men on that plane were abused on September 11, 2011.

The ACLU is helping Hebshi sue both the TSA and Frontier Airlines, along with the FBI, Customs and Border Protection, and other officials who were involved in her violation. I’d be surprised if this actually goes to trial; I would expect it to settle out of court.

Then again, given how the jury sided with the TSA against Andrea Abbott and Carol Jean Price, maybe it will go to court. If those juries — and the hysterics on the plane who pointed fingers at Shoshana Hebshi — are any indication of the citizens in this country, we’re done for.

UPDATE: Read Hebshi’s account of her ordeal at the ACLU’s site.

(Photo: Courtesy of Shoshana Hebshi-Holt)

  • I congratulate Shoshana Hebshi on her courage and determination in going public with her story and in filing this lawsuit. I’m so pleased to see that she will have the help of the ACLU in her fight. It’s fights like these, where the cause of justice needs so much help to win against heavy odds, that make me such a proud member of the ACLU.

    • CelticWhisper

      Likewise. TSA goes out of its way to discourage people from making a stand, by way of intimidation as much as obfuscation. I can only hope they’re as nervous as she must be right now, and I will raise a glass in her honor for any blow she’s able to strike against them.

      If you’re reading this, Shoshanna, you’re doing the right thing in pursuing this fight. You’re an honorable person, which is far more than can be said for anyone who works for TSA.

  • RB

    I hope the named and unnamed individuals pay a heavy price. Immunity in such cases should be not be an option.

  • Susan Richart

    I do hope that she doesn’t choose a settlement over going to court. This has to be brought out in the open.

  • Daisiemae

    I want to be on the jury! Justice must be done. Every single American is at risk for the same type of treatment. If we don’t draw the line now, expect this type of scenario to become the norm.

    • Daisimae, and, in fact, we have no idea if this has happened to other people. We still don’t know the names of the two men on that plane who were also abused.

      The only reason we know about Shoshana Hebshi is because she’s a privileged, educated woman who wrote about it on her blog, and her account got picked up by other blogs and other people around the web. How about all the people who aren’t as privileged and educated, who don’t have blogs, who don’t have the means to publicize their cases?

      This is one of the things I keep trying to get across to people who still don’t get it, but I’m afraid it’s a lost cause.

  • Debbie Tolson

    Hallelujah, her story is so horrific, simply outrageous.