Penis-Capturing Airport Scanners Cause TSA Employee To Snap
The brouhaha over full-body airport scanners rages on. Earlier this week, a TSA employee at Miami International Airport was arrested for assaulting a co-worker who allegedly taunted him about the size of his penis, according to the Miami Herald.
During a 2009 training exercise for federal security screenders, Rolando Negrin's image was captured by one of the airport's full-body scanners. Fellow TSA employee Hugo Osomo then began making disparaging comments to Negrin about the size of Negrin's genitalia, apparently for months, before the 44-year old finally broke down and attacked Osomo with a police baton in an employee parking lot. Negrin forced the man to his knees, demanded an apology, and then began hitting Osomo on his back and arms.
Privacy advocates have called the scanners an invasion of privacy akin to a strip search, and some cite this as an example of how easily the security system can be abused by TSA employees. Howard Simon, director of the Florida chapter of the ACLU, said that the full-body scans are too invasive and hopes the government will change their mind about using the scanners:
``Ribbing and fighting among TSA workers -- it's a sad story. It's an unnecessary story,'' Simon said Thursday. ``The government is being seduced by new technology.''
Negrin has been suspended and a TSA investigation has begun to see whether there were any procedural problems at the airport.