John Longo posted a video (below) on Facebook on July 13 of a female Transportation Security Administration agent allegedly "feeling up" his wife. The video has gone viral with over one million views.
In the video, a female TSA agent does a lengthy pat-down of Longo's wife as he films with his cellphone. At one point, a male TSA agent approaches Longo, who says: "Yeah, we're gonna miss our plane because she wants to feel up my wife."
Longo also wrote on his Facebook page: "Our lovely TSA feeling up the wife."
The female TSA agent appears to the touch the female traveler's breasts, groin area and buttocks.
In March, the TSA warned local and airport police departments that it would start doing "comprehensive" pat-downs, according to a memo by the Airports Council International-North America obtained by Bloomberg News.
The memo informed police that passengers may file complaints about "abnormal" federal frisking, which passengers are fully within their rights to do.
The ACI-NA memo said that the new pat-down is "intended to reduce the cognitive burden on [employees] who previously had to choose from various pat-down procedures depending on the type of screening lane."
TSA spokesman Bruce Anderson addressed the new pat-down in a March 3 email, which appeared to place the problem on passengers who were not aware that their bodies would be touched to a new extent:
Passengers who have not previously experienced the now standardized pat-down screening may not realize that they did in fact receive the correct procedure, and may ask our partners, including law enforcement at the airport, about the procedure.
Back on Longo's Facebook page, commenters were mixed:
It's just their job... It's happened to me, it's happened to you, it's happened to your granny... When you get randomly selected or even if the slightest thing shows up they'd rather check than have a plane explode in the sky because someone got through with a bomb. Being a flight attendant, I appreciate them checking to make sure no one comes through when any dangerous stuff!
Thats there job! You know this happens in airports. Quit complaining and deal with it.
I hate to say this but looks like it was done with the upmost respect towards his wife ,these are the times we live in people try not to bitch too much better than a bomb going off.
TRUMP NEEDS TO DO AN EXECUTIVE ORDER AND ABOLISH THE TSA. They are a waste of tax payer money.
Hot chick alert it's her turn to search someone.
[Y]eah because his wife fits the profile of a terrorist and it looks like shes got a weapon in her crotch.....another example of how the TSA system is broken.
Everybody who thinks this is unnecessary & tsa should be gone I would love to hear your thoughts on other ways to deter/stop terrorists.
Sources: John Longo/Facebook, Bloomberg News / Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Flickr (2), U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Wikimedia Commons