- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2016

Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator and CEO of the political advocacy group IMPACT Strategies, says she was “thoroughly traumatized” after a recent pat-down by a Transportation Security Administration official.

“I was just thoroughly traumatized by the TSA,” Ms. Rye said in a Periscope video posted right after her security screening last week. “Apparently, the TSA grabs vaginas like Donald Trump.”

Ms. Rye tweeted footage of the pat-down, accompanied by the hashtag #TSAVaginaMonologues, saying she asked a police officer to record the interaction so that she could send it to the TSA. She also wrote about her experience Thursday in a piece for CNN.

Ms. Rye said she is a very experienced traveler and has only been subjected to additional screening two other times in her life.

“This time, it was different,” she wrote. “The backscatter machine alerted to my right Uggs boot, three areas near my vagina and I think somewhere on my back.

“I didn’t care about anything but one place on my body. I said in complete disbelief: ‘You know you aren’t patting down my vagina, right? Like that’s NOT happening,’” she continued.

Ms. Rye said she argued with the agent and her supervisor and then threatened to file a formal complaint with the TSA.

“The supervisor had had enough. He called police to have me escorted out of the airport,” she wrote. “Thank God for a patient police officer who understood my fear about what was happening.”

She said she eventually agreed to the screening, which started out as uneventful “until she went down my leg, up my dress, and her hand sideways hits me right in the crack of my labia.”

“Startled, I jump and feel a lump in my throat trying to hold back tears. What happened to the back handed pat-down?” she wrote. “She comes around to the front; I grow nervous and pull back a bit, afraid of the same thing happening — and her sideways hand hits in the middle of my genitals again. I can no longer hold back the tears. The officer drops the phone to his waist. He tells me he is going to write up an incident report.”

Ms. Rye said she filed a complaint with TSA. Concluding her op-ed, she said she accepts that there needs to be security measures at airports, but “we should not violate the emotional and physical safety of our nation’s citizens at the same time.”

“Perhaps it’s time for the TSA to invest in new equipment,” she wrote. “It is definitely time for them to keep their hands away from vaginas.”

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