CNN Commentator Says She Was Subjected to Humiliating TSA Pat-Down: 'The System Is the Problem'
Angela Rye jumped back as the TSA agent got a little too close for comfort.
CNN political commentator Angela Rye can be seen breaking down in tears as she was recently subjected to an invasive pat-down by an airport security agent in Detroit.
Video of the search shows Rye crying as a female TSA office completes a rigorous hand search. Rye flinches at one point as the woman's hands appear to go under her dress.
"I don't blame the policy," she told Inside Edition. "The system is the problem. We have to find a way to keep us safe without this type of alarm."
Rye says she was selected at random for a more extensive screening process.
"I said, 'I am not going to let you pat down my vagina,''' Rye said. "Then they called over an officer who said, 'we are going to escort you from the airport unless you submit to the search,'" Rye recounted.
The television personality said a local police officer convinced her to undergo the pat-down and she asked him to videotape it.
The TSA told Inside Edition the incident had been investigated and no protocols had been breached. Agency officials said they regretted any distress experienced by Rye.
In a statement, the TSA said: "The Transportation Security Administration takes reports of alleged impropriety very seriously. TSA looked into the specific details related to the screening process and concluded that our security protocols were followed. It is worth noting that just seven years ago on December 25, 2009, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab flew from Amsterdam to Detroit wearing an explosive device in his underwear. AbdulMutallab pleaded guilty to carrying that explosive device on an aircraft with 289 passengers and attempting to detonate that device. TSA’s procedures, including pat down screenings, are designed to prevent such an act. TSA officers must work to resolve all alarms at the checkpoint to ensure everyone arrives safely at their destination. We regret any distress the security screening process may have caused the passenger. We are in contact with the passenger and will continue to work with her directly to address her concerns."
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