Former Miss USA 2003 Susie Castillo says she was “molested” by TSA workers.
During a stopover at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, agents required Castillo to undergo an invasive pat down after she chose to opt out of a full body scan.
“I’m a frequent flyer and don’t wish to be irradiated more than I already am on flights,” she explained on her blog. “So I will always ‘opt out’ of going through these body scanners, especially since the long-term effects of radiation are quite well documented: it mutates our cells, often in irreversible ways, and causes cancer.”
“The pat down at Dallas airport was completely different than the one I got at LAX,” an emotional Castillo explained in a video recorded after the ordeal. “I’m sure this woman was just doing here job but she actually felt — touched my vagina. And so, I think that’s why I’m crying.”
“They’re making me choose to either get molested — because that’s what I feel like — or go through this machine that’s completely unhealthy and dangerous… I do feel violated.”
She continued: “This woman, she touched my vagina four times because she went up my leg, up both legs, from behind and then turned around and did it in the front.”
Castillo filled out a TSA compliment/complaint card while at the airport, and said she would be doing the same thing every time she was forced to go through the invasive pat down procedure.
The beauty queen started a Twitter petition Tuesday to “STOP the perverted pat downs that violate Americans’ rights!” She also encouraged her fans to sign this petition at Change.org.
“This ‘pat down’ is a total violation of our rights (we shouldn’t be searched this way without probable cause or a search warrant), therefore I will be filing a complaint via phone, online and also in writing with the TSA to complain each and every time for as long as the TSA is violating my rights,” Castillo wrote.
“I’m 100% against it, and if you care about your freedom, you should be too. This is precisely the kind of unjust search and seizure our Constitution was created to protect us from.”
Watch this video by Susie Castillo, uploaded April 26, 2011.
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