TSA officials proved on Friday that no one is immune to the pat-down search routine, not even Henry Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
According to ABC News, Kissinger is the latest high-profile "victim" of TSA's pat-down security check that some critics have described as "manual rape." According to The Washington Post, Kissinger was seen on Friday at New York's LaGuardia Airport being subjected to the rigors of what the reporter who witnessed the incident called the "full monty" of security groping.
Mathew Cole, the freelance writer who claimed he witnessed the incident, told the The Washington Post that the TSA agents did not even recognize Kissinger! Cole said: “None of the agents seemed to know who he was." How that is possible is an outstanding question because The Washington Post reports the TSA agents asked for his name as he passed through the scanner after which he was searched.
Cole reported that the 88-year-old was in a wheelchair, probably to save him the long-walk to the gate. The Huffington Post reports Cole said: “He stood with his suit jacket off, and he was wearing suspenders.They gave him the full pat-down. None of the agents seemed to know who he was."
Kissinger was reportedly traveling to Toronto.
The Washington Post reports that the "monty grope" did not seem to affect adversely Kissinger's mood. When he learned that Ham and eggs would be served for breakfast, he asked, "But do they have any schnitzel?"
The request appeared to have been intended as joke because his aide laughed politely.
According to ABC News, Kissinger is not the first high-profile personality subjected to TSA's controversial security pat-down, and the joke is being shared online that TSA is the "great equalizer." ABC News reports that Singer Jennifer Hudson and model Bar Refaeli have also endured the ordeal of the TSA pat-down. The Washington Post reports that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee was also subjected to the "monty."
CBS reports that earlier in the year, Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) was detained at a Nashville airport after refusing to be searched by TSA officials.
Kissinger won a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the Vietnam War. According to CBS, he negotiated the Paris Peace Accords that helped end the Vietnam War.