One person has found a different way to challenge TSA. In this post entitled "Should Gay TSA Agents Be Barred from Giving ‘Same-gender Pat-downs’?", Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) is taking issue with the reality that gay TSA screeners are being used to give pat-downs to same-gender travelers. Prompting this concern was a statement by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano stressing that all TSA pat-downs are “same-gender” – mostly to reassure women that men will not be groping them at airports in the name of safety.
But AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera responded: "What about homosexual TSA agents? Isn’t it just as inappropriate for a ‘gay’ male TSA agent to pat down male travelers as it is for a normal, heterosexual male TSA agent to pat down female travelers? The reality is, most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat them down at the airport security checkpoint...Neither would it be fair to assign Ellen DeGeneres to pat down female travelers. (In the same vein, the Army should no more force normal male soldiers to shower and bunk with homosexual male soldiers than it would force female soldiers to bunk and shower with their male counterparts.)”
Some additional observations by LaBarbera:
* Perhaps some common-sense, healthy “discrimination” is in order: the TSA should put conditions on employment for self-acknowledged homosexuals – that they not be assigned to pat down travelers so as to avoid being put in sexually compromising situations;
* It would not be workable to assign, say, gay male TSA agents to pat down female travelers – as the latter – thinking the agents to be normal men – would protest that they are being patted down by males. Chaos would ensue;
* Does the TSA know which of its employees are homosexual, anyway, and how? If not, is it fair to travelers who may end up getting ‘groped’ by homosexual TSA agents who are secretly getting turned on through the process?
* Could the TSA be subjected to a sexual harassment lawsuit if the agent who engages in an overly aggressive “same-gender pat-down” – and gets sued – turns out to be homosexual?
While we're at it, the thought occurred to me that perhaps TSA has unknowingly employed a few screeners who are sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children. Do we want them groping three-year-old girls as they pass through the line?
Obviously, Peter LaBarbera has raised this issue primarily as a strategem of political warfare against TSA -- and the Department of Homeland Security which gives them their marching orders. The idea is to hoist them upon their own petard -- and expand public outrage against TSA's intrusive and invasive techniques. Most likely the majority of TSA screeners don't get their jollies groping passengers and are actually discomfited by the practice. So we got to go to work on their bosses.