Since 9/11, air travel has become an even bigger pain than it was prior. Shoes off, belt off, very strict limits on what you can carry on; I suppose it is for good reason, but sometimes the TSA agents can get a bit… personal.
If you have ever been pulled for a pat down than you know what I mean. The TSA agents will definitely check to see if you are smuggling anything. Most of us just endure the inconvenience and move on with our day, but most of us aren’t 6’4, 310 pound men with way more square footage to pat down than the usual traveler.
#Chargers defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day claims he was sexually assaulted by TSA officers at an airport screening on Friday at John Wayne Airport.
"It was extremely unnecessary and dehumanizing." pic.twitter.com/Ga7rj8WvTG
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) March 26, 2023
One such man is Los Angeles Charger defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day. At the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California recently he was patted down, and when he expressed his desire to not be, he was “swarmed” upon by TSA agents. Check this out.
Joseph-Day opened up about the situation Friday on Twitter.
“I really just got sexually assaulted by TSA at @JohnWayneAir. After I asked the gentleman to please stop BC I’m uncomfortable and I feel that this part of the check is unnecessary (After he felt what was needed). Then they told me I was the problem after 3 TSA agents swarmed me,” he wrote.
“I’m all for people doing their job well. But it was extremely unnecessary and dehumanizing. I travel a lot, for personal and work reasons. I’ve never experienced anything like that.”
“And when I do try to file a complaint they are making me jump through hoops to do so.”
Was the pat down race related? That much is unknown and Joseph-Day isn’t alleging as much, but why, still remains to be seen.
Apparently, Joseph-Day also had some square footage of his frame that remained to be seen, and the agents were going to make sure they got seen. Or felt, as the case may be.
“I’m not sharing this on Twitter for sympathy. I’m sharing this so this group of gentleman and staff aren’t allowed to do this ever again to another human being.”
The TSA issued a statement after the alleged incident.
“TSA is aware of allegations made by a traveler who was screened by TSA officers at John Wayne Orange County Airport Friday morning,” the agency said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “We are looking into the matter to determine if our procedures were followed and whether any corrective action needs to be taken.”
“TSA remains committed to treating every traveler with dignity and respect while carrying out its security screening responsibilities.”
Joseph-Day finished his first season with the Chargers in 2022.
He had a career-high 56 tackles in 16 games for Los Angeles.
He also had two sacks and an interception.
Joseph-Day finished with two sacks and one interception in 2022, while John Wayne Airport finished with one sack and one interception. That may be an interception that they end up regretting. The TSA has a tough job, but people still need to be treated with dignity and respect, and Joseph-Day might have a legitimate gripe that could result in discipline of several handsy TSA agents.
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