We’ve seen the uncomfortable situation that can arise when a 6-year-old gets patted down in the airport, and already Congress has said they are reviewing the incident. But it’s not a one-off — across generations people have increasingly expressed opposition to what they see as invasive airport searches, and now a famous voice is speaking out. Susie Castillo, Miss USA 2003, filmed the tearful video above after opting for a pat-down instead of risking the radiation of a full-body scanner. “I do feel violated,” Castillo says from the Dallas airport. “This woman, she touched my vagina four times.”
“She actually touched my vagina,” Castillo reiterates. “I’m already upset that they’re making me choose to either get molested — because that’s what I feel like — or go through this machine that’s completely unhealthy and dangerous.”
“I’m really, really upset that as an American I have to go through this,” Castillo continues.
A while later, Castillo turns the camera on again to explain her attempts to register a formal complaint. She was given a comment card with her options for recourse.
“What happens when a bomber or somebody — a terrorist — puts something up their rectum? Are we going to get rectal exams?” Castillo asks. “What’s next?”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 29, 2011