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TSA Horror Stories: Airport Scanners Treat Maxi-Pads as Threat

Maxi Pads Turn Women Into Suspected Underwear Bombers

Airports may soon become a tampon-only zone for women wanting to avoid the invasive pat down. In the latest TSA horror story, a woman recounts being treated like a potential underwear bomber because she was wearing a pad. Some background: the woman was using GladRags, reusable cloth menstruation pads that are better for the environment, but it seems that any woman wearing something in her underwear, like a disposable maxi-pad or panty-liner, would be stopped.

In a letter to GladRags, the violated passenger explains:

What ultimately happened is that I was subjected to 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. Why? Because of my flannel panty-liner. These new scans are so horrible that if you are wearing something unusual (like a piece of cloth on your panties) then you will be subjected to a search where a woman repeatedly has to check your "groin" while another woman watches on (two in my case — they were training in a new girl — awesome).

In addition to the personal invasion, a screening system that treats a natural bodily function as a sign of a terrorist threat doesn't sound that advanced or efficient. And if you experienced any abuse during screenings, you can always report it to the ACLU.

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janneth janneth 5 years
Welcome to the post-Sept 11 world, folks. Where y'all been?
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
I was just thinking about something like this happening. I might be flying to California in February (my first time on a plane), and I am so worried I will be on my period & they will find me suspicious for wearing a pad (I do not like tampons one bit). Now that it's actually happened, it makes me even more scared.
imLissy imLissy 5 years
that poor woman!where has common sense gone?
imLissy imLissy 5 years
that poor woman! where has common sense gone?
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
And what of our elderly who, by no choice of their own, might need to use incontinence pads? Absolute insanity.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
And what of our elderly who, by no choice of their own, might need to use incontinence pads? Absolute insanity.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
I once wore a corset. Set of the metal detector alarms. Obviously, I didn't think my wardrobe through on the travel day :\ Had to strip down behind a screen and show the security women that I was indeed, just wearing a corset. Learned my lessen. Luckily, the women weren't too invasive.
rhodes rhodes 5 years
There is no way that they can force females to wear tampons just to go through security. Her body, her choice, etc.Also, can you imagine if someone went through security wearing a corset? I imagine if a panty liner is odd looking, then something wrapped around a person's abdomen would set off alarms. (I am not sure if it would show up but it would be interesting to find out.)
rhodes rhodes 5 years
There is no way that they can force females to wear tampons just to go through security. Her body, her choice, etc. Also, can you imagine if someone went through security wearing a corset? I imagine if a panty liner is odd looking, then something wrapped around a person's abdomen would set off alarms. (I am not sure if it would show up but it would be interesting to find out.)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 5 years
Hearted, stephley.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 5 years
Hearted, stephley.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
this is all getting so ridiculous!!!
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Yikes. Now that's invasive.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Yikes. Now that's invasive.
stephley stephley 5 years
Is it really too hard for security to notice there might be something wrong with a young person who buys a plane ticket in Ghana with nearly $3,000 in cash, and flies from Nigeria to Amsterdam, then boards a flight for Detroit, again paying more than $2,000 in cash for a ticket and carrying no luggage - not even a coat in December? We won't even discuss the fact that the kid's father had warned the U.S. that he might have terrorist leanings.No, let's pretend that groping and humiliating people at airports is the best way to keep us safe.
stephley stephley 5 years
Is it really too hard for security to notice there might be something wrong with a young person who buys a plane ticket in Ghana with nearly $3,000 in cash, and flies from Nigeria to Amsterdam, then boards a flight for Detroit, again paying more than $2,000 in cash for a ticket and carrying no luggage - not even a coat in December? We won't even discuss the fact that the kid's father had warned the U.S. that he might have terrorist leanings. No, let's pretend that groping and humiliating people at airports is the best way to keep us safe.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Wow! Now we can schedule our travels around our menstrual cycles! Yay!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
Wow! Now we can schedule our travels around our menstrual cycles! Yay!
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