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Woman’s Pantyliner Causes Invasive TSA Search

We hope you’ve finished your Thanksgiving turkey, because the story we’re about to tell you — about a VERY invasive TSA search — might make you sick. An anonymous woman wrote in to the website GladRags.com to let them know about her holiday airport experience. The woman went to the airport in jeans and a T-shirt, bra and underwear — and a pantyliner. When TSA agents attempted to complete a full body scan of her, the pantyliner allegedly blocked their view, and she was subjected to a much more invasive search. Two female agents — with a male agent watching — conducted a search “so invasive that I was left crying and dealing with memories that I thought had been dealt with years ago of prior sexual assaults.” Though the woman reported that the agents handled the search “as delicately as possible,” the experience still triggered painful memories of sexual assault. And we’re betting that this is hardly an isolated incident — as the TSA’s invasive scans and pat down procedures continue it may trigger negative memories for both men and women who have experienced unwanted touches. GladRags is advocating that women should wear pantyliners so that the TSA is educated about the fact that women do menstruate, but the woman in question warns others not to use pantyliners at the airport. “I just don’t want another woman to have to go through the “patting down” because she didn’t know that her glad-rag would be a matter of national security.” [GladRags]

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