Some people don’t like to be groped by strangers. Possibly most people. Some people, upon being groped, have the nerve to demand better treatment than that. In today’s world of constant
vigilance pants-wetting fear, that cannot stand. One woman in Florida wondered how government agents would like it if we groped them.
The agent she allegedly groped did not like it one bit, and now the woman faces a misdemeanor battery charge.
Considering we are dealing with an agency that pats down cancer survivors after scanning them, and whose agents might threaten to sue you if you dare speak out about your groping, this should not be too surprising.
What makes this story slightly more interesting is that the woman is a former TSA agent herself, and she knew the “victim” of her groping demonstration:
A former TSA agent in Ft. Myers, Fla., who received a pat down she found intrusive is heading to court in early July to protest misdemeanor battery charges after she demonstrated on a security supervisor to complain about the way she was touched.
Carol Price, of Bonita Springs, Fla., was traveling on United Airlines from Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers to Cleveland, Ohio on April 20, en route to her brother’s funeral in Cincinnati.
When she went through security, Price received a pat down that she felt involved “intrusive touching of her genitals and breasts,” said her lawyer, John Mills.
According to Mills, Price went over to Kristen Arnberg, her former supervisor, to complain about the pat down. When Arnberg asked what she meant by intrusive, Price demonstrated on her, said Mills.
“She used to be a TSA employee up until 2007, she obviously knows the procedure,” said Mills.
According to the police report, Price “did intentionally and without consent grab the victim and slide her hands into the crotch area” of Arnberg.
Mills says that Price and Arnberg did not get along when they worked together.
I have no idea how Price comported herself as a TSA agent. In 2007, we had not yet entered the era of full-blown gropiness, but that’s not to say searches were not intrusive. We have actually answered the “how would you like it?” question twice in this situation.
One day, Arnberg and every other active-duty TSA agent will also be private citizens again, and they will have to fly somewhere eventually. Will the circle of groping continue forever?