Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-TX) claims that he was assaulted by a TSA agent during a pat-down at the San Antonio International Airport.
“The agent was very aggressive in his pat-down, and he was patting me down where no one is supposed to go,” Canseco told local network KENS 5. “It got very uncomfortable so I moved his hand away. That stopped everything and brought in supervisors and everyone else.”
A week later, the Congressman was again selected by TSA agents for a pat-down.
“I did not see it as a coincidence,” he said.
However, the TSA denied that Canseco had purposefully been selected for the pat-downs.
“TSA incorporates random and unpredictable security measures throughout the airport,” the federal agency told KENS 5. “Once a passenger enters the screening process, they must complete it prior to continuing to a flight or secure area.”
The TSA has faced a slew of criticism for its airport screening methods, which critics say are far too invasive and sometimes result in abuses.
“It is very important that Americans feel safe and secure as they travel in our nation’s airways, safe and secure from acts of terrorism and all that,” Canseco said. “But, I also think that TSA sometimes gets too aggressive, and it’s not just about me. It’s about every American that goes through those TSA scanners.”
[H/T: Keith Laing]