TSA at DCA airport blatantly sexual harassmentSubmitted by DistalDub on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 10:23
I wanted to share with you guys what happened to me last december at DCA airport. I've since that time sent probably a dozen emails to the TSA without a SINGLE response. Also I have not heard back from a single news station who I emailed the story too as well. I'm going to copy + past what happened that night at a TSA checkpoint.
I thought you guys should know what's going on at your local airports ! This is a direct account of what happened to me and my fiance Sunday night at DCA and not a single email or phone call has been returned by the TSA in response to this. My number is *** *** **** and my name is Michael Rathbun. Thanks !
My fiance and I were traveling from DCA to ATL via delta airlines around 7pm on our way back from a vacation to visit some friends in DC. The airport was not busy at all and there was little to no line for the TSA security check. As we went through we both do what we always do and opt out of the body scanners. When they yelled for a male assist, agent Jonathan Ridley came up to the gate and said "bring em back" as if I was being herded like an animal, right off the bat no respect whatsoever.
While we were waiting for my bags to come through the X-ray conveyor belt they yelled for a female pat-down for my fiance. Jonathon Ridley said very loudly to his fellow co worker Kevin Krider "I'll giver her the pat-down" as if to say he wanted to feel her body. This is when they both started to bust out laughing. I couldn't believe I just heard him say that about my fiance. I looked at them both and said "That's not funny that's my fiance". I figured any normal decent human being at this point would feel ashamed and stop their action but it continued. Instead of saying "sorry" he said "alright". They never stopped laughing and it was making visibly upset. My fiance looked at me from beyond the gate and asked me what was wrong. I yelled to her that the male agents said they wanted to pat her down to warn her just in case anything happened. There was a female agent on duty with blonde hair through the whole thing was the only one with a mature and respectful attitude. She wasn't the supervisor but she was clearly in charge at the moment. She told the agents to knock if off and be professional. They even ignored her commands. When Jonathon Ridley grabbed my things to take back to the screening area almost the entire male staff of the checkpoint was laughing at his comment and what was happening. It was SURREAL to say the least. I've never felt so disrespected and mis-treated in my whole life. I walked slowly up to Jonathon Ridley and asked him if he thought all this was a big joke and I asked him to once again STOP laughing. He got attitude and told me he was laughing at something else which clearly was not the case because he had not stopped laughing from the time he said the joke till then. He was even laughing at me when he was asking me if I had been through the process before. I asked him if HE "had been through the process before, because clearly he wasn't taking anything serious". I continued to tell him it was not a joke. We got through the pat down and he walked away and wouldn't even look at me. He walked over to another group of agents who were siting around and still laughing.
When the female agent got done patting down my fiance I asked her who was in charge and explained to her what happened. She agreed it was not out of line and asked me if I wanted to see her supervisor, which I did. She went to get him. I repeated the story to the supervisor. Even dealing with him he was laughing a bit and smirking every sentence as if HE TOO thought it was hilarious. I felt completely disrespected and humiliated for my fiance, and I knew that clearly nothing was going to get done at that checkpoint. He gave me the names of the workers and turned and walked away very unapologetically.
I'm a gold member elite with Delta and I fly A LOT. I've dealt with bad TSA employees before, but none THIS blatantly disrespectful to a fellow citizen and human being. My fiance and I are still angry and upset at what happened and demand action be taken. The process is humiliating enough for us, and to have this happen is not only an infarction on my fourth amendment rights but a smack in the face for our civil rights as citizens of the United States of America. Our forefathers would be ashamed of what happened last night. I encourage you to check your security cameras. They will back up my story 100%.