Woman says TSA assaulted her at Shuttlesworth Int'lSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:36
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) - A San Diego woman claims she was sexually assaulted by TSA agents during a routine screening at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Maggie Buckenmayer, 58, was going through security November 1st when her artificial knee set off a metal detector. As is procedure, TSA preformed a pat down search.
"The female assistant began her pat down and was very, very, extremely, extremely invasive with her hand pressure between between my thighs, between my legs, on my female body parts," Buckenmayer said.
Buckenmayer says she was told a protrusion was discovered between her legs and that she would have to go through another pat down.
"This one is so invasive, so uncomfortable, so painful that I would consider it sexual assault," she said.
She says she became emotional after being asked to go to a private screening room. There she claims she voluntarily removed her pants but was asked to put them back on for a third screening. She says she was eventually allowed to leave after the TSA agent who preformed the third pat down did not find anything out of the ordinary. However she claims she did have to undergo a final sweep with a metal-detecting wand.
"If some stranger did to me what one of these TSA agents did, that stranger would be would be convicted of sexual assault and sent to prison," Buckenmayer continued.