Sitting in the air port thinking about how I was just about strip searched in front of 50 people.
My beautiful big sister drops me off with love and we’ll wishes as I unloaded my bags from her car.
I’m smiling and feeling happy about my time here in Phoenix. I get my bags checked and head for security check.
I stand in the proper way. I put all the belongings that I’ve brought in the trays as instructed.
As I come out of the scanning station the TSA agent tells me that I flagged in the buttocks area. I’m a bit annoyed because I took great care in picking clothes with no extra buckles and belts.
She instructs me on how she will be searching me and asked if I wanted a private search. I said no because the area in which she said she would run her hands didn’t need privacy in my thoughts.
As she’s searching me I begin to feel uncomfortable. She ran her hands across my butt. Then across my waist. Took both hands down my thigh from the side of my vagina down my leg. Then ran her hands across my vagina pubic hair. Proceeded to switch to the other leg and then ran her fingers in my mid panty area between my legs. Thank God I wore underwear today.
She went again across my waist, then bent down before me on her knees lifted my dress and pulled down my leggings to look inside. After she took a wipe and wiped both my hands and tested the wipe with a machine.
I became angry as I quietly waited for the test results. Others were passing by without one other person getting stopped.
She did my mention swiping my hands or putting her hand on my vagina when she explained the search. She also did not mention looking into my leggings.Which also triggered emotions of embarrassment and violation.
I was then cleared to continue to my gate.
I pushed through the sign annoyed and traumatised.
I now sit here wondering what the flag actually was.
Dear Phoenix Sky Harbor. Teach your TSA agents to better explain why you are stopped and the full nature of the search. If it had been better explained I would have opted for a more private search.
C L Cunningham