Yesterday, we posted about the TSA removing someone’s panties from her bag and never returning it. This sparked some conversations on the side which brought up some other instances of the TSA not understanding women (or boobs, whether belonging to men or women).
When I tweeted about this one, I received replies such as this from my female followers.
@Jeanne23 I’ve never actually flown anywhere without one, and always assumed it was about as normal as bringing books and clothes. ¯_(ツ)_/¯
— $parklebitch (@The_Jerk_State) December 31, 2014
They have claimed that a bra is a top (making a woman strip down to it), pulled out the prosthesis of a someone who was recovering from breast cancer, and have insisted men can’t wear breast-enhancing bras and other items (despite the law being gender neutral).
I have never written about this experience. But I had the TSA do a search at the gate on my bag when I was visiting my then-boyfriend.
I was on a shuttle flight, so everyone else was in a business suit. I was in a sundress. The TSA agent was searching through my bag through the normal method but moments later, he decided to take every item out during a search and laid each item out individually on a table at the gate area.
Every item out on the table. I’m turning red writing this right now. Remember. I was visiting my boyfriend.
The businessmen nearby watched, some amused, some laughing, and well, some looked at me in a way that made me really uncomfortable.
And I had to spend the rest of the flight with an entire plane of people who knew every item currently in my carry-on bag.
For an organization tasked with dealing with personal items such as these, waving someone’s condoms around and asking if they are having a fun weekend is unacceptable. Or asking if the reason a woman has lacy underwear is because she’s going on her honeymoon is unacceptable. We don’t want you touching our things in the first place. Don’t wave them around like a prize.