Rye later clarified what happened in a series of Tweets. She states that she had already went through the TSA’s full body scanner before a flight to New York City with no problem, yet she was still selected for an additional random screening that consisted of a patdown, Fusion noted. When she refused, Rye claims that TSA officials called over a police officer, who Rye asked to film her being checked.
1. Metal detector and AIT (same thing). The AIT is what flagged my vag. I repeatedly refused a vaginal pat down. So they called police. https://t.co/fFtjbXW9H4
Afterwards, Rye posted a second video stressing that her interaction with TSA was problematic and triggering.
“I’ve never been a victim of unwanted touching until today. I cannot imagine what someone who’s been raped, someone who’s been molested, someone who’s been touched in a way that they don’t want to be touched—I cannot imagine how they would feel in this process. I literally started crying while it was happening,” Rye explained.
“It’s not right,” she added.
Rye also said that she sent TSA officials a copy of the video and has filed a complaint. Meanwhile, the TSA told Fusion in a statement that they take accusations like Rye’s very seriously.
“The Transportation Security Administration takes reports of alleged impropriety very seriously. TSA is currently looking into the specific details as to what occurred during the screening process to ensure our security protocols were followed. We regret any distress the security screening process may have caused the passenger. We have reached out to the passenger and will work with her directly to address her concerns, ” they wrote.