Two weeks ago, U.S. Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-Texas) claimed a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent got a little too touchy feeling during a pat down. The Blaze reported Canseco saying his pat down was done "very, very aggressively," which resulted in him instinctively swatting the agents hand away from his groin area. From there, it was agent vs. Canseco in who assaulted who.
The agent patting Canseco called for backup, which held the representative for longer at the security checkpoint and resulted in a second pat down by another agent. Now, the TSA footage has been released and you can see the incident for yourself in this KENS 5 San Antonio news report:
What do you think? Was the agent patting a little too high up Canseco's leg at San Antonio International Airport April 25 or was the Congressman's karate chop-like movement seen on film too aggressive? Granted, you can't see the opposing point-of-view facing the TSA agent.
KENS 5 reports TSA did not want to comment on the incident but did say they had been contacted by the Congressman's office and would be in communication with them directly. TSA's statement went on to note that "once a passenger enters the screening process, they must complete it prior to continuing to a flight or secure area.”
In the report, Canseco says he believes he was targeted and does not view the request for a pat down after he had gone through the full body scanner as a coincidence.
In speaking with Joe “Pags” Pagliarulo — a nationally syndicated radio host based in San Antonio and fill-in for Glenn Beck -- a couple weeks ago, Canseco said he believes the incident "calls to my attention what an egregious invasion of our privacy and our dignity is happening with TSA."