A woman subjected to an invasive pat-down by TSA agents sobbed and cried aloud at the security checkpoint in an airport in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. The video shows the woman in pink sweater hunched over, sobbing even after the pat-down was over.
The video was posted to YouTube by Jim Hoft, who runs the blog The Gateway Pundit. According to Hoft: "This morning at a Midwest airport I witnessed this poor woman suffering through this horrible sexual violation."
The video shows the woman sobbing and crying aloud as she was patted down by a female TSA agent. The woman's hands shook as the agent passed her hands over and between her legs. After the TSA agent left her the woman stood hunched over, sobbing with her hands across her body.
Hoft expressed the opinion that the woman is suffering a post-traumatic stress (PTSD) reaction. The blog comments: "...1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of sexual violence in her lifetime. And the statistic is higher when considering the number of women who do not come forward. Rape-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a legitimate diagnosis, and among the symptoms is 're-experiencing the trauma.' The TSA’s groping of passengers’ genitals is a complete violation of our dignity and personhood, and must be so much worse for those healing from previous traumatic experiences. This is criminal."
The activities of the TSA at U.S. airports have come under very critical appraisal in recent times, especially with frequent posting of incidents to YouTube. According to Huffington Post, the TSA have been criticized for patting down the elderly, babies and toddlers. Digital Journal recently reported an incident involving an evidently terrified child confined to wheel chair trembling visibly in fear as he was subjected to a pat down. Digital Journal also reported the case of a woman who was forced to demonstrate her breast milk pump before she could be allowed to board a plane.
Huffington Post notes that though Hoft describes the incident as "horrible sexual violation," he does not explain whether body scanners were available at the airport and why the woman was not allowed that option.