This breaks my heart:
Susie Castillo, 31, who won the Miss USA Pageant in 2003, says she was hand searched after she refused to go through a full body scanner at the Dallas Fort Worth International airport.
Ok... That's standard procedure. If you're wearing minimal clothing, they'll usually let you go through the metal detector. If you're wearing thick clothing, like a sweater, they'll ask you to go through the full body scanner. If you refuse, you have your choice of a pat-down search, taking a bus or train, or going home.
"To say that I felt invaded is an understatement," Castillo wrote on her blog. "What bothered me most was when she ran the back of her hands down my behind, felt around my breasts, and even came in contact with my vagina!"
You mean they even searched locations where deadly weapons might be hidden? For shame! I'm glad Castillo mentioned the female TSA agent used the back of her hands. That's also standard procedure.
"I felt completely helpless and violated during the entire process (in fact, I still do), so I became extremely upset," she wrote on her website. "I just kept thinking, 'What have I done to deserve this treatment as an upstanding, law-abiding American citizen?''
You refused to go through the full body scanner, and you opted for the pat-down instead of taking the train, the bus, or returning home.
"Am I a threat to US security?"
They have no way of knowing, which is the entire point behind the security checks. I'm not saying they're effective, but I'm as subject to them as anyone else, regardless of level of any security clearance any of us have held. I'm fairly certain the President of the United States is exampt as he boards Air Force One, however...
"I was Miss USA, for Pete's sake!"
I usually pay attention to Miss USA winners, yet I didnt' recognize either her name or face. But I know who President Obama is, and I'm reasonably sure the TSA's ability to memorize celebrities is about average. How much are you willing to bet the Brangolinas don't fly commerical? I'm sure those celebs that do, however, are given the same treatment as everyone else.