"When I got on the plane all I wanted to do was sob."
That's how Grand Rapids, MI airline passenger Ella Swift explains her state after a recent enhanced TSA pat down.
"The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels," she tells WZZM-TV. "I think I yelped. I was in pain for about an hour afterwards. It just felt excessive and unnecessary."
Swift says she was singled out for wearing bulky clothing -- a skirt. The TSA confirms that people can be singled out for that reason, but tells WZZM that it investigated Swift's allegations and determined that agents acted "appropriately and respectfully."
Some, however, are upset about the TSA's enforcement of its bulky clothing policy and how some Muslim women have found a way around their bulky headscarfs (or hijabs) being patted down.
Recommendations on the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) website encourage Muslim women to take advantage of a loophole in the TSA screening procedure. If Muslim women are selected for additional screening because their hijabs are baggy (like Swift's skirt was accused of being), CAIR tells those women to "request to pat down your own scarf, including head and neck area, and have the officers perform a chemical swipe of your hands."
According to the TSA website, "removal of all headwear is recommended but the rules accommodate those with religious, medical, or other reasons for whom removing items is not comfortable."
Laura Ingraham, sitting in for O'Reilly on Thursday's "Factor," interviewed a CAIR representative about the guidelines and specifically the loophole:
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)