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A 61-year-old Colorado woman was arrested last week for allegedly groping a TSA agent as she attempted to go through an airport security checkpoint at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. The woman, Yukari Mihamae, was reportedly “fed up” by the TSA’s new enhanced screening procedures, which allow agents to pat down travelers’ private areas in an attempt to suss out hazardous materials.

In an interview with a local TV station, Mihamae expressed her frustration saying, “I go through this every week, and every week there is some problem.”

According to police reports, Mihamae allegedly grabbed the TSA agent’s left breast, “squeezing and twisting it with both hands without the victim’s permission.”

Mihamae was charged with felony sexual assault, and is denying the charges.

Although there are better ways to protest the enhanced screening procedures, Mihamae’s case struck a chord with travelers. Supporters have created a Facebook group called, Acquit Yukari Mihamae.

One poster questioned Mihamae’s sexual assault charge, saying:

“If what Yukari did was “sexual harassment” then what the TSA is doing is also sexual harassment. Just because the gvt forces you to be sexually harassed if you need to fly doesn’t change that fact. Even if they changed the charge to assault, the equation remains the same. What the TSA is doing is UNCONSTITUTIONAL and WRONG.”

With the summer months upon us and traveling at its height, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more and more travelers resisting the enhanced security changes.

What do you think? Was Mihamae in the wrong? Do enhanced pat downs and the new security procedures actually keep us safe? Sound off! 

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  • LemonNLime

    The commenter is correct. This is unconstitutional and unethical. The airports in Israel, specifically Tel Aviv, have crazy security some might say the most secure in the world. Multiple times Israeli security has said that American airport security is a waste of money and inefficient.

    In my opinion the terrorists are getting just what they wanted. We allow our government to tank the economy thanks in part to useless draining wars and then bit by bit sacrifice our constitutional rights and civil liberties for a false sense of security. They don’t need to attack us again because they have already done enough to make screw ourselves.

  • …which is why I don’t fly. I’m not very comfortable being felt up.