if she was going to make a principled stand at the airport. She should have known full well they were going to do what they did and she should have been prepared for what actions she was going to take. She went off half cocked and got herself in legal trouble because of it.
After making a big fuss she allowed her daughter to be patted down...
I mean good grief she lost her case right there, both legally and in principle. Either refuse the pat down for yourself and your daughter on principle and leave the airport or you dont. You can't go halfway and expect to do as you please. You submitted to their authority and now if you refuse you will face legal charges. They're not going to allow you to enter a "secure" area unchecked especially after you just allowed your daughter to be checked. You already gave up. I don't know what she was thinking. I'm sorry she became a victim of this heavy handedness, but she should have known better than to think this was a fair country and she had rights. You must protect yourself and make an airtight case if you are going to stand up against this nonsense. Even then you may be run over by the state. This isn't the supermarket, this is a security checkpoint and you're facing a lot of trouble if you make a big scene, are disorderly and don't do it right.
It may sound like I'm siding with the TSA but what I'm saying is protect yourself and do it right if you are going to make a stand, otherwise you're going to lose. The odds are stacked against you from the start. Be sure you do everything you can to not incriminate yourself if you plan on resisting. Don't give them anything they can use against you.
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