Conservative radio host and CNN contributor Dana Loesch says she was molested by TSA agents over the weekend when a routine security pat-down ended with federal agents repeatedly touching her vagina all the while refusing her a public screening.
Loesch, 34, says the incident occurred on Sunday at the Phoenix International Airport in Arizona as she prepared to board for a flight. After passing through a primary screening without incident, Loesch says she was told she tested positive for explosive residue and required a secondary pat-down behind closed doors.
“TSA said I was covered in explosives, took me to a private room and touched my vagina. So how was your day?” the commentator writes from her @DLoesch Twitter account.
Loesch’s husband managed to catch some of his wife’s encounter with Transportation Security Administration agents on camera in a clip that has quickly accumulated thousands of hits on YouTube. On the page where she’s uploaded the footage, Loesch goes further into detail about the day’s event and the “enhanced screening” that she describes as “pressing down repeatedly upon the front of my vaginal area.”
“It began after I was ‘randomly selected’ for an additional screening which consisted of swabbing my hands with paper strips. The strips were then taken to a machine for analysis and an alarm sounded. TSA agents determined that I had a suspicious, possibly explosive, residue on my hands and required another, ‘enhanced screening,’” she writes.
“They performed the regular pat-down and then the agent informed me that she would be using the front of her hands to "sweep" my groin. She pressed and swept across my crotch three times horizontally and three times vertically. In any other circumstance this would be sexual assault.”
Loesch insists that she asked twice for a public screening but was denied both times, and on Twitter she writes she recited the agency’s official rules “as per their website” yet was still refused. Even still, Loesch says she doesn’t have a bone to pick per se with the TSA agents that subjected her to what she equates to sexual molestation.
“The agents themselves were friendly and smiled, yet I was still denied a public screening and no witness of my own present for the screening itself (a second agent was in the room at the time). I had no reason to be angry with the agents themselves, yet I was angry, and still am, at the regulations which require them to routinely violate men, women, and children in the name of a false sense of security,” she writes.
Even if there are no hard feelings with the agents involved, Loesch writes on Twitter that she intends on filing an official complaint with the TSA and asks others subjected to similar accounts to do the same.
“It only continues because we allow it,” she writes.
Back on YouTube, though, Loesch breaks-down with a health sampling of snark the TSA’s sometimes overzealous actions on account of counter-terrorism. “After concluding that I wasn’t a terrorist hiding weapons in my vagina, the TSA agents allowed me to go,” she writes. Just months earlier, however, Loesch had a much more open mind about what’s allowed for the sake of security.
When video footage was leaked in January of US troops urinating on the corpses of dead Afghan fighters, Loesch chimed-in on her radio show by saluting the soldiers, saying, “I’d drop trou and do it too” and suggesting the guilty persons were worth of receiving “a million ‘cool points.’”
“Come on people, this is a war,” she said at the time. And rightfully so: it’s the very same War on Terror that spawned the Department of Homeland Security and, consequentially, the TSA. In the name of war, however, lines must be drawn, and, apparently, airport security screenings are on the side that warrants speaking up about. But the desecration of slain humans? Cool points galore.