TSA Gropings: Tables Have Turned Thanks to Yukari Miyamae, Charged With Grabbing Inspector's Breast

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Yukari Miyamae. Hero?
A woman trying to board an airplane at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport's terminal four turned the tables on a Transportation Security Administration officer: she admittedly grabbed the agent's breast.

Phoenix police say 61-year-old Yukari Miyamae grabbed the breast of a TSA employee after refusing a security screening.

Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos says Miyamae was in terminal four's checkpoint D about 3:30 p.m. Thursday when she refused a screening by the TSA officer.

According to Martos, Miyamae became argumentative after refusing the screening and grabbed the agent's breast.

After getting arrested, Miyamae continued to be argumentative, but admitted to grabbing the agent's breast.

Miyamae's been booked into Maricopa County Jail on one count of sexual abuse.  




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Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

Woman Accused Of Groping TSA Agent Is Radio DJ

Yukari Miyamae Volunteers at KGNU, Getting Support On Facebook

. . . The judge allowed her to use airports to travel back to Arizona as part of her work as a translator.

"I am commuting from Colorado to Phoenix every week for the job I am currently working," she had said.

She had told the New York Post that she runs into a problem with the TSA on a weekly basis.

http://www.thedenverchannel.co...

Jwphx
Jwphx

I don't see how anyone can construe the TSA pat downs to being sexually molested.  I've never seen anyone get jacked off or finger banged and I've flown alot all over the country.

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Terminal
Terminal

Hi possums This is Terminal your sexy crossdressing local celeb(thedirty.com) i usually save the groping after the TSA agents get off :)

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

If I had some extra money I would donate to her defense fund but the piece of shit state and federal government have taken all my money and given it to illegal aliens.

Hock
Hock

The theater of security continue...and the masses just get in line like it's an E-ride at Disneyland.  We are no safer with TSA than without.  There are more effective ways to secure our planes and airports without the theater. 

Ed
Ed

It' insane.  The TSA is allowed to molest people on most likely 100% of the occasions without any probable cause or suspicion that that the person is hiding anything -- except to say that everyone is guilty until they can satisfy their hands that you are not.  Yet, one woman does it once -- and she is the criminal.  Why isn't the police arresting the other individuals that are doing it constantly to people merely for committing the acts of wanting to travel.  If it is not so bad, then why do they file charges against her for doing it once.  Now they are throwing the book at the poor woman for daring to show the disparity.  What an outrage.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Seriously, some of you folks need to remember 09.11.01.

All it would take is one Q400 with 47 passengers and crew aboard, from Denver to Rapid City, SD; taken down by a terrorist allowed aboard by an inadequate TSA screening and everyone would be up in arms and demanding tighter restrictions, strip searches, etc.

You can't have it both ways, folks, Either you have security or you have pure convenience and take the risk of some very sick people making their political statements at the cost of the life of someone you know, or perhaps yourselves.

TSA, like any other agency, has it's problems, but as an organization it's done fairly well in a job environment that pretty much stinks.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

While I don't agree with the suspect's 'hands on' approach to her conflict with TSA, in any other place beside SandLand this action would have resulted in a criminal supports for a misdemeanor 'battery'.

I'm not expecting this to be prosecuted once the hot air blows away.

Scott
Scott

Yes, the police should arrest all persons who grope people in airports at once.  Criminal organizations that conspire to commit mass gropings including groping of grannies and small children deserve extra harsh penalties.

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

BRAVA!! I will gladly contribute to this woman's legal defense fund -- and that of Andrea Fornella Abbott, and anyone else who fights back.

The TSA is a criminal, out-of-control agency that abuses people with impunity. It hasn't caught or thwarted a single potential attacker in its multi-billion-dollar history.

Pistole and Napolitano are its sick, twisted ringleaders. They should be fired — after being forced to go through a few gropes themselves — and the entire agency dismantled.

But I’m not holding my breath. Congress is craven, the president clueless (after all, his wife and children don't have to get stripped or groped), and half the population willfully ignorant. I’ve kept track of accounts of abuse for the past 18 months, and they are legion: 

http://www.travelunderground.o...

Things will only get worse. Empirical evidence, risk assessment, security experts, logic — none of it matters to the United Sheeple of America. “The Terrorists! The Terrorists Are Everywhere!”

So many cowards and paranoiacs. They won’t be happy until Uncle Sam is sticking his fingers up their a*ses.

Jonathan Mercer
Jonathan Mercer

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Glyph
Glyph

Didn't care for a taste of their medicine I suppose...

Y'know, I wonder what happens when TSA agents fly (assuming they can afford to). Do they just flash a badge and then get waved right through?

Guest
Guest

This woman is a hero.

Coz
Coz

TSA sure doesn't like it much when the shoe is on the other foot and their the ones getting groped.

Stacy
Stacy

Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.   I say we should wear T-Shirts that say, "What ever you do to me, I get to do to you!"

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

Mister King, a little more details. She didn't just grabbed the TSA agents breasts. It was said that she literally squeezed and twisted it. Albeit, it's not known if she squeezed the nipples. But certainly it was more than a simple grab bag.

Mike Vollmer
Mike Vollmer

We've had two examples this week of people standing up for themselves and their families -- Andrea Abbott in Nashville, who did not want her daughter strip-searched or groped, and now Yukari Miyamae in Phoenix.  Let's hope this is just the beginning.  We are entitled to defend ourselves against TSA's abusive unconstitutional behavior.

We will rest when TSA is reformed or shut down.

Mike, Executive DirectorTravel Undergroundhttp://www.travelunderground.o...

mememe
mememe

TSA agents get paid slightly more than minimum wage. They are not the brightest of the bunch to say the least.  And to pay them to sexually molest people is a crime.

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

Yet again, translation:  "It's never happened to me and I've never seen it; therefore, it isn't happening!"

Q.E.D.

Tell these people they haven't experienced what they say they have:

http://www.travelunderground.o...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

You're back! Time done in stir? Funny comment.

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

Seriously, Tommy, you need to get your facts straight.  And quit with the 9/11 victimology. Millions of people around the world suffer far more from terrorism every day than this country ever has.  Yet people here are willing to hand over their rights – and their human dignity – bit by bit, all for the illusion of “security.” 

FACT: no bombs were brought onto planes on 9/11. The planes themselves were commandeered, something that won't happen again because the cockpit doors have been secured, and because passengers will no longer silently submit (which is more than I can say for TSA apologists).

FACT: The last time a bomb smuggled aboard an airplane in the USA detonated was December 11, 1967. The plane landed safely; no fatalities, no injuries.  Aviation Safety Network:  http://aviation-safety.net/dat...

FACT: The last time a bomb was smuggled aboard an aircraft in the US from which there were fatalities was May 22, 1962. Aviation Safety Network:  http://aviation-safety.net/dat...

Almost 50 years. And for all that time, until just recently, the TSA reign of molestation and rank stupidity didn't exist. Gee, how is it possible we all haven't been blown out of the sky by now??  After all, The Terrorists Are Everywhere!

What happens if somebody detonates himself in the security line itself? A concourse, as in Moscow's Domodedovo? A cafe? Parking garage? Do we strip and grope everybody every time they leave the house?  Some people just won't be happy until Uncle Sam is sticking his fingers up their a*ses.

If a person is so ill-equipped to deal with the risks of everyday life, including the infinitesimal risk of a terrorist attack, perhaps he/she should just stay at home cowering under the bed, and let the rest of us fly freely and live our lives in dignity.

Mfs838
Mfs838

I wouldn't mind if there were ANY evidence it was effectice.  Why is the US the only country that requires the removal of shoes?  I flew from PHX to Toronto to Munich and back...only the US had shoe removal policies.   It's a theater...nothign is real...it's just a show.

Ed
Ed

 At the expense of our liberty and dignity.  The price is too high to pay.  You have a bigger chance of dying of a bee sting than a terrorist attack.

Johnny Skee Mask
Johnny Skee Mask

That's pretty sick. I wouldn't even think about groping another man....YIKES. Personally, I don't mind being groped by women, if they're attractive enough. Heck, Stacy can grope me if she wants.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Titty Twister!

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

The same things that have always been used to fight crime:  Police work.  Intelligence.  Responsibility.

Stripping and groping people, violating their civil liberties not to mention simple decency, and bullying, harassing, and threatening them isn't police work, it isn't intelligence, and it isn't responsible.  It's bullsh*t.  It's putting money in the pockets of Rapiscan, et. al., and giving thugs the power to abuse people.

Hock
Hock

Look to every other country on the globe.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Thanks, Lisa. In the big picture, for me, the security part of travel just isn't a big deal. But I can see how others might be bothered by it. Again, thanks for taking the time to share your information.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ed, as a Road Warrior for three years I traveled about 100K miles by air each year. I have been through pretty much every inspection that can be thrown at me, including last month in Hong Kong when they had me remove my Five Fingers shoes and then did a chemical scan of them, as well as a back handed pat down and cursory search. I will take that ANY time over the chance of someone with a weapon or explosives getting on the plane with me. I also have very little chance of getting hit by lightning but I get off the golf course when the thunder begins... To each his own, mi amigo.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Our Homeland Security threat level has just been elevated from orange to purple nurple. 

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

Check out these two Master Lists of TSA Crimes and Abuses that a colleague and I have compiled.  I agree that in any profession there will be people who abuse their power.  But the TSA is an agency that has absolute power.  And we all know the consequence of that, as Lord Acton pointed out ("Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely").

It's also why I have been constantly invoking the names Philip Zimbardo, Stanley Milgram, Solomon Asch -- the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Milgram Experiment, the Asch Paradigm.  These experiments, more than 40 years ago, amply demonstrated the tendency of human beings, when put in positions of authority, to dissolve the boundaries between decency and indecency, between dignity and cruelty.  The abuse the TSA is dishing out was predictable.

The two Master Lists:

http://www.travelunderground.o...

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Lisa, I haven't personally seen these incidents you speak of either on domestic, or international flights. I guess they happen, but at what rate? TSA is like any other employer and will get people who abuse their position and authority. Again, I've not had a problem traveling alone or as a group.

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

The cockpit doors have since been reinforced -- something that had been recommended for years before 9/11 -- so commandeering a plane won't happen again.  And passengers will no longer passively submit, as proved by Flight 93, the Shoe Bomber, and the Crotch Bomber (the latter two so mentally disturbed that Al Qaeda itself refused to have anything to do with them when they tried to enlist).

I'm still willing to risk the infinitesimally small chance of my plane blowing up from a terrorist attack -- or the more likely scenario, from metal fatigue, shoddy aircraft maintenance, pilot error, etc.  43,000 traffic fatalities in this country every year.  Why are people willing to accept that?  Why are we still driving?

It's irrational.  And I wouldn't even care about that -- lots of things in life are irrational -- if it didn't mean that not only our bodies but our fundamental rights are being stripped.

A right once relinquished is very hard to get back.  And it's us -- the population of this country collectively -- who is allowing those rights to be stripped.  When things get worse, the abuses more egregious, as they will, we'll have no one to blame but ourselves.

By the way, interesting coincidence re your service in Vietnam.  I have a friend who served there in Special Forces.  He's now a professional musician and has to travel a lot.  He's livid about the TSA.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Lisa,

I respect your opinion and perspective.

Here's mine: I served honorably in Viet Nam for a year. I saw some nasty stuff there that most folks should never have to see. Following that experience I served honorably as a police officer in a large metropolitan area for twenty years. I saw more stuff that most folks should never have to see or experience.

In my opinion the inconvenience of a scan or pat-down search is really not a big deal.

I also talk to the TSA agents and ask them how their day is going. Most of them have family and are hoping to return home at the end of their shifts. Most of them want to get through the shift with minimal conflict.

We do know that the terrorists who boarded the 757s on 09.11.01 were armed with razor knives they used to cut the throats of the pilots and then took over control of the planes.

We also know that another terrorist had explosives planted in the sole of his shoe as he attempted to board another plane.

We have intangible results that we simply don't know about because TSA has been able to stop some folks for getting on aircraft before they can do harm. We also have incidents of known terrorists attempting to enter the United States.

Again, I can't personally speak about any intrusions by TSA on my body or the bodies of any of my family members or friends. It hasn't happened yet, and I've been through hundreds, if not thousands, of screenings over the years.

Lisa Simeone
Lisa Simeone

Tommy, I think you're missing the point, or at least part of it.  Different people have different objections to the scanners for different reasons.

First, people have the right not to be virtually strip-searched.  Especially if they have committed no crime, and are merely exercising their right (yes, their right, as defined in legal jurisprudence and the commerce clause of the Constitution) to travel from place to place.

Second, this isn't about prudery.  It's not about showing one's bits.  I go to nude beaches.  But I decide to do that.  I decide who gets to see my body and when and where.  I object to the scanners.  And since I've been covering this issue for the past 18 months, I've seen the comments of dozens of people you might think would be ho-hum about showing their bits -- strippers, sex advice columnists -- also objecting to the scanners.  

I objected to them from the get-go, before we knew anything about the health risks, before we knew anything about the resolution of the images.  I object to the forced acquiescence, where one stands with hands in the air like a criminal, being examined -- for no reason, no less, since security experts have repeatedly demonstrated the inefficacy of these machines (will provide more links if you want them).  The scanners are the voice of authority veritably screaming, "we are in control of you and your body and we will make you do whatever we want."

Third, we don't know the resolution of the images.  Rapiscan and its cronies in DHS have repeatedly lied about the resolution, and I take seriously people's concerns about their naked bodies being viewed and/or stored.  A courthouse in Florida used the scanners and stored 35,000 images that were later leaked.  Oh, but "the scanners don't store images!"  Yeah, and I have a bridge to sell. 

Fourth, and this can't be repeated enough because people are still clueless about it, going through the scanner doesn't mean that, therefore, you will be spared a grope.  The two aren't mutually exclusive.  Thousands of people have acquiesced to the scanners, only to be hauled aside because of an "anomaly" -- the TSA's magic word that triggers a grope.  It could be a kleenex left in a pocket, a coin, a ponytail holder, or just because an agent woke up on the wrong side of the bed that day.  Again, absolute power.  They can choose to grope people at whim.  And there is nothing you can do about it, because their trump card is DYWTFT ("Do you want to fly today?").

I can't believe what's going on in this country.  And I can't believe the willful ignorance of so many citizens.  But then, perhaps I shouldn't be surprised.  To quote a past monster:  

"The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it."-Josef Mengele

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

A serious question, Ed. Would it be possible to have 100 of those scans taken, with your image included, and have one of your family members identify you from the 100? Just curious if they are of that caliber.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Agreed. Hong Kong was very tight security. Adelaide, S.A., Australia for intra country flights was very lax. However Adelaide for international to the U.S. was much tighter. It's been several years since I've been to the U.K. but I don't recall any problems or issues at security. My biggest hassle this last time was in Melbourne, S.A., Australia with customs. The guy asked what was in my bike case. I was tired and offered my smart ass answer, "my violin, of course", which lead to a full search of that case and my one checked bag... and yes, there was a mountain bike in the bike case..

Ererer
Ererer

Exactly, in fact most of the crazy security procedures that people point out as existing in other countries is required by the US government.  Flying out of Europe, you will notice that the security theater has been turned up to 11 for flights destined for the US compared to cities on any other continent.

Ed
Ed

I know right -- they could just view stuff online, but some TSA workers even go to the point of stopping people after they have been scanned for their enhance procedure (e.i. grouping time).  Don't kid yourself though.  Those machines do have strong resolution.  The images that they have allowed to hit the news are not of the same caliber as the ones they can really get and store for their biometrical database. 

Hock
Hock

I should also mention, if  flight touches down in the U.S., they have to follow U.S. rules.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Porno scans? Now that, my friend, is funny. If anyone gets excited over a shadow profile of an unknown person in another room.... maybe they need to spend some time on the internet where they see the 'real' thing in color. Funny...

Hock
Hock

I am not a security expert.  I've never traveled to the far-east, but I have traveled throughout Europe, and it is NOT the same.  Quicker, less intrusive, and statistically, more effective.   Now, if you want to base our system from China's civil rights record...  (being provocative on purpose...I know that's not what you're advocating)

Fact is...our system is not making us any safer.

Ed
Ed

 Fact is -- there can be security but there is no need for fondling and no need for the porno scans.  How is that unreasonable? They can still make you take off your five toe rings and do chemical tests on it if they want, but stop fondling and stop forcing people through their cancer causing machines.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I just went through security in Hong Kong. Same system, but stricter. You made a comment that made me think you have ideas that you're willing to share.

Ed
Ed

You are wise to get off the golf course.  You actually have a higher chance of getting hit by lighting than of dying from a terrorist attack.  But if you want to live in constant fear that the men in turbans are going to get you -- you are correct: To each his own.  I chose to stop living in fear.

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