2003 Miss USA Susie Castillo feels violated after choosing TSA body search

I hadn’t thought about the TSA body scanners since last Thanksgiving so I was surprised to see TSA searches and scanners mentioned on a headline on Yahoo’s front page.

Of course, the surprise was quickly explained. All it takes to make an impact story is a former Miss USA talking about her breasts and Vagina. In this case 2003 winner, Susie Castillo, had this to say:

To say that I felt invaded is an understatement. What bothered me most was when she ran the back of her hands down my behind, felt around my breasts, and even came in contact with my vagina!

I felt completely helpless and violated during the entire process (in fact, I still do), so I became extremely upset. I just kept thinking, ‘What have I done to deserve this treatment as an upstanding, law-abiding American citizen?’ Am I a threat to US security? I was Miss USA, for Pete’s sake!

Like everyone else flying in America, former Miss USA can either get scanned or searched and she chose the search so why cry about it?

Plus the law is fairly old by now so it’s not like travelers can’t know what to expect. Seems like she’s looking for sympathy but I find I have none for her. Get the scan next time if the search is going to make you cry. If they both make you cry then take the train.

Although I have spoken against the scanning process in the pas, I think my objection was more to the possible (probable?) lack of professionalism on the part of TSA employees.

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  1. Mamianka says:

    I have been patted down twice in the last month – flying to and from JFK and West Palm Beach. Each time, I was in full view of other passengers, including my husband. I had a knee replacement this past January, and expected to be taken aside. Each agent that did this was calm, POLITE, respectful, and non-intrusive. They needed to *circle* my bra, but at no times were any private parts touched. Since I had to relinquish my metal cane for inspection, they were also thoughtful enough at West Palm to immediately bring me a clear Lucite one! On a previous trip, BEFORE the metal knee, I called over an agent (as the TSA website told me to) to show them that I had a prescription and two large pre-filled syringes of medication that I needed to take an hour before each flight. With a bored face, he said “We SO do not care . . .” So – which TSA agents would YOU want to have in charge of security on YOUR flight?

  2. Ker says:

    Frankly your attitude is appalling. There are many people who cannot be scanned for health reasons or who have genuine concerns about the scanning due to the amount of traveling they do. I, like the poster above cannot be scanned because of a handicap. I am also a survivor of severe sexual abuse. I do not think it is appropriate that every man woman and child needs to have their genitals pictured or probed before boarding a flight. Did security really need to finger this woman’s vagina? Or anyone else’s? This is going too far and it is demeaning and overkill to insist that law abiding Americans submit to this.

  3. Sharon says:

    My problem with scanning and/or pat down is when it is done to a small child (as has been shown). A bomb in a teddy bear (maybe in the movies), but how ridiculous is that! I find no problem with a non-intrusive, inoffensive pat down. I suppose a scan is the lesser evil if a person is agreeable and physically able to having it done. Interestingly enough, cargo planes are not thoroughly scanned, but they should be.

  4. Sue says:

    I am also a survivor of severe sexual abuse. I do not think it is appropriate that every man woman and child needs to have their genitals pictured or probed before boarding a flight. Did security really need to finger this woman’s vagina? Or anyone else’s? This is going too far and it is demeaning and overkill to insist that law abiding Americans submit to this.

    Ker, I am also a survivor of sexual abuse and use to work for TSA. We at NO TIME ever finger anyone.

    If you don’t like the rules then find another way to travel.

  5. Ker says:

    Well sue, this woman claims that her vagina was touched by the fingers of the tsa agents hand. Many others have been patted down to the point of having their penises, scrotums, and vaginas touched, including children, so perhaps other tsa agents have more time for such things? How many times have you or any one else discover plastique or a weapon taped to an American citizen’s vagina or testicles? In all this searching what has been accomplished beyond sexual assault? It is unnecessary, it is abusive, and frankly i believe that it would be considered illegal under the constitution if cooler heads could prevail over the paranoid. But instead of having a rational debate, all we get are snide responses ” well if you don’t like it you shouldn’t fly”. What’s next, anal cavity searches? “if you don’t like it, don’t fly”.

    My liking or not liking the rules is not the point. Is it necessary? Is it fruitful? Is it legal? Somehow Israel manages to keep their planes safe without sexually assaulting everyone.

    And yes, I will not submit myself to a sex groping in order to fly. I’m not alone.

  6. Ker says:

    Just throw out the response I sent earlier. I was in a bad mood about the denials of people being groped or fingered ( yes I was being a little dramatic with the fingering comment- but for effect). Truth is the enhanced pat downs do involve the groping/touching of private parts- vaginas, penises, testicles, etc which some people are fine with and other people are offended and humiliated and even traumatized by. I find it unnecessary security theater and an assault on our persons and our freedom.

    So throw these out and I’ll try not to post while peeved again.

    🙂

  7. Sharon says:

    Excerpt from local newspaper (may be superseded by Federal law as they stated.) “The Texas House has approved final passage of a bill that would make it a criminal offense for public servants to inappropriately touch travelers during airport security pat-downs.

    Sent to the Senate Friday, the measure makes it illegal for anyone conducting searches to touch “the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person” including through clothing.

    It also prohibits searches “that would be offensive to a reasonable person.”

    The bill’s chief sponsor is Republican Rep. David Simpson. He said during brief debate late Thursday night that “this has to do with dignity and travel, and prohibiting indecent, groping searches.”

    Simpson believes it will keep Transportation Security Administration officials from treating travelers like criminals, though the measure may be superseded by federal law.

    Representatives approved the measure with little opposition.”

  8. […] and you would think that their service should be applied equally to everyone. It’s not like a former Miss America should be immune to getting searched so why would someone special get to skip the […]

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