Master List of TSA Crimes and Abuses

TSA Abuse Document – Master List
by Lisa Simeone

If you’re looking for the most recent incidents, skip to the end of the document, which document is here.

I’ve been writing about TSA abuse for several years – and since August 2010 specifically about the grotesquely euphemized “enhanced patdowns.” I kept warning people that these things were coming, that they were being “tested” by the TSA in two airports – Las Vegas and Boston – in preparation for a national roll-out. Few of my friends and colleagues cared.

Since October 30, 2010, when millions of passengers started being subjected to the “pat-downs,” people have slowly been waking up. The expected abuse has, of course, gotten worse. Not only are we subject to groping, but many TSA agents have taken it one step further: groping inside people’s underwear, or taking them to private rooms to disrobe.

This abuse was predictable.

Lord Acton’s saying about absolute power corrupting absolutely still holds. And Philip Zimbardo and Stanley Milgram amply demonstrated abuse of power in their famous experiments over 40 years ago. But many people prefer to stick their heads in the sand.

This is a compilation of stories and sources, to which I keep adding as new ones appear. Some are headlines and links only; most include text. I started including text because links can go out of date, sites can remove stories, and when you have a broken link you’re stuck.

Some links contain multiple stories.

Obviously, these are only the accounts that happened to receive publicity or that were recounted to me personally. We have no idea how many other incidents there are that never get reported to anyone but family and friends. No one person can keep up with them all.

This list, which contains thousands of accounts, includes various kinds of TSA abuse – physical, sexual, financial, psychological – inappropriate questions about personal finances, passenger’s money being confiscated, harassment that forces people to miss their flights, bullying of various kinds, children being molested, groping, assault, etc. It’s in roughly chronological order, so if you’re looking for more recent incidents, skip to the end.

Redirect: The Master List of TSA Crimes and Abuses is permanently stored at ABombazine.

  • Bobbie G

    I am writing this letter regarding a issue that occurred on 6/1/2014 around 8:00am.The flight number 2920 Portland to Denver. I will briefly describe the issue. I was on a family vacation with my two children and my husband. I had been though two other TSA screening that same week without a issue. My boarding pass didn’t match my State driver license.
    My State driver license was about to expire before I purchased my ticket, so I had decided put my new married last name on the boarding pass, but I couldn’t change it at the DNV on my State driver license because I first had to go through Social security office first to change it there first. Therefore, I left my median last name on my State driver license. I had explained this issue to the TSA, so the TSA asked me for other verification like a prescription or anything that has my new married last name, so , I had verified my last name with photo I.D state issued, medical insurance card, and a prescription bottle. I completely cooperated with her so we could get though security faster. After all of that she asked me about my kid’s names and my husband’s name even though he had his State driver license (same last name).
    Besides, I had been screened though the Advance imaging technology and my carry-on went through the scanning process. Another TSA a showed me the screen and said “good job you passed this screening.” To inform you, I was dressed in skin tight elastic tank top shirt and skin tight pants without setting off any metal detectors. However, that still wasn’t good enough for the TSA. The TSA had patted me down from head to toe, and she also lifted my shirt and checked my waste area twice putting her hands on the inside between my pant and waste. She had taken everything from my carry-on bag out in front of everyone swabbed all my personal items like I was a criminal. Furthermore, I wasn’t giving a choice she made me do both screening I felt violated and harassed. I feel she was being unreasonable with all her screening and questions. I shouldn’t have to feel like a criminal, and be violated to that extent. The TSA officer was a supervisor or at least that’s was stated, and she never once offer me a private location to do a pat down. I feel several of my rights been violated at this point.

    Bobbie G

    • Lisa Simeone

      Bobbie, yes, several of your rights were violated, as they are violated for thousands of people every day in this country by the TSA. What happened to you is the standard, by-the-book TSA grope — as you no doubt know from looking through the Master List — along with perhaps some garden variety harassment thrown in for good measure.

      As we’ve written so many times at this blog, TSA tactics have nothing to do with security. They are about putting on a show and compelling obedience. Also as we’ve written many times, just because people go through the scanner doesn’t mean they won’t also be pulled aside for a grope. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. You found that out.

      I’m sorry this happened to you. That’s why we’re fighting it. But I’m afraid most of America doesn’t care.

  • Michael Landers

    Now we can add “Bringing guns and homemade explosives into a courthouse and shooting a deputy in the leg before being gunned down” to the list! (Unless former TSA screeners don’t count)