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Feds probe airport pat-down of congressman’s niece

Home - by - November 22, 2012 - 16:00 America/New_York - 7 Comments


An internal investigation found incident was ‘embarrassing,”unfortunate’


The Transportation Security Administration is under fire over the way they handled the 17-year-old niece of a U.S. congressman who was subjected to a pat-down while traveling.

Channel 2′s Scott MacFarlane learned the incident has now triggered a federal investigation.

The girl is the niece of Rep. Ralph Hall of Texas.

Hall said his niece was traveling with classmates from Southwest Christian School in Texas to Australia when the incident happened.

The 17-year-old girl was wearing a sundress and was pulled aside for a pat-down screening.

TSA documents said ‘during the pat-down of her stomach area” her sundress slipped revealing her breasts in public.

Surveillance cameras caught the incident on video. An internal TSA investigation found the incident was ‘embarrassing’ and ‘unfortunate,’ but also accidental.

Hall and a colleague have now called for a federal probe of the case.

The incident happened two years ago, but MacFarlane just now was able obtain the records through the Freedom of Information Act.




  1. Tim

    November 22nd, 2012

    As long as the TSA abuses citizens, I guess it’s OK …

    Just don’t mess with one of the nomenklatura.

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  2. chiefillinicake

    November 22nd, 2012

    These American teenaged girls bringing down jumbo jets has got to stop!

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  3. ToreyDawn

    November 22nd, 2012

    Would they do that to a Muslim woman? ha!

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  4. Wraith

    November 22nd, 2012

    So, when it’s a Congressman’s niece, it’s an outrage, but when it happens to any of us, it’s “just the TSA doing their jobs.”

    OK. Glad we got that cleared up.

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  5. Ricky

    November 22nd, 2012

    All this.. because the TSA didn’t offer her any Mardi Gras beads afterwards.

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  6. Tim

    November 22nd, 2012

    If I went down to the High School and, under the pretense of ‘patting her down … uhh … for security purposes’, exposed some 17 yo girl’s breasts, ya think the Sheriff would say “… damn, that was unfortunate …”?

    After he and the Deputies finished beating the shit outta me, and I got outta the hospital, I’d prolly go to jail.

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  7. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 22nd, 2012

    Probe? Feds? TSA? is that like standing over a mirror to see what is up your ass?

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