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CNN commentator outraged over grabby TSA pat-down

Did this TSA security pat-down get out of hand?

Angela Rye, a CNN political commentator, NPR political analyst and chief executive of the  IMPACT Strategies , political advocacy firm in Washington, is outraged at the grabby nature of a screening at the Detroit airport this week.

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"I was just thoroughly traumatized by the TSA," she said in a Periscope video. "I've been randomly selected maybe three times in my life. Even if they think this is ok, it's not. I've never been a victim of unwanted touching until today. I literally started crying while this was happening. It's not right."

Rye, a former Congressional Black Caucus executive director and general counsel, has issued a complaint to the TSA and wrote about the experience here.

Here's footage of the screening:

The TSA has issued a response, saying proper procedures were followed. The agency also objects to the term "grabby" to describe the screening, saying it "is inaccurate, and could lead a reader to believe the person being screened was assaulted. The pat down is (and was) done with the back of the hands, therefore there is no grabbing."


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