A woman on TikTok claimed she was improperly searched and injured during a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) stop at Denver International Airport. The video has garnered over 2 million views and thousands of comments for discussion.
30-year-old TikTok user @goldii told the Daily Dot that the incident happened on December 2, 2022. In the video, she shared her experience via text overlay and wrote that she was “literally offended.”
“A TSA agent frisked me for a random search and actually injured me downstairs saying she had to search me to ‘point of resistance,'” read the text overlay. “When I told her I hurt (because she literally put her hand in my vagina), she looked at me and asked if it was because I was sore. I had to go to the bathroom to cry because it felt like she was literally attacking me.”
She said that when she filed a complaint with TSA, she was given an explanation as to why TSA is conducting checks and that the complaint would be shared with the relevant parties for that airport.
A TSA spokesman shared the following statement with the Daily Dot regarding the woman’s claim that she was inappropriately searched.
“TSA has information and video on patdown procedures on our website at TSA.gov,” the statement said. “Our scanning of all sensitive areas done to resolve an alarm is done over your clothing.”
@goldii told the Daily Dot that she posted the video spontaneously and received widespread support from viewers, who encouraged her to file a complaint.
“To be honest, I had no conscious intention behind the release,” she said. “I had seen others posting their stories of similar cases and felt compelled to share mine. I was embarrassed, so I felt like I really had nothing to lose.”
For others who have experienced something similar, @goldii recommended speaking to someone they trust about the situation.
“Sometimes the best way to deal with it is to walk away and tell a friend,” she said. “If you report it or go to the authorities immediately, it can be way too much for someone who has experienced an attack in the past. So I guess my advice is whatever feels good to you. If you want to report it, do it at the airport as soon as possible. If reliving it is too much, then do what feels safe for you.”
In her comments section, she clarified that the TSA agent “hacked her so hard it got in.” She also said this happened while wearing jeans.
Viewers shared their own experiences or loved ones’ experiences of being searched, which left them feeling uncomfortable.
“This happened to my mom who is in her 60’s,” wrote one commenter. “She was so traumatized and crying. She also reported it and nothing happened to the TSA agent.”
“I wore a crop top to the airport and a tsa lady kept patting my bare stomach and waist like, ma’am, there are no drugs in a secret skin pocket,” said another user.
“I had a tsa agent, sort of karate chop between my legs to check it happened to my friend who I also traveled with, feels horrible,” wrote one viewer.
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*Initial publication: January 6, 2023 8:34 am CST
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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