Skip to comments.ARRESTS UP IN ATLANTA AIRPORT RESTROOMS
Posted on 04/12/2007 5:23:17 AM PDT by mborman
ATLANTA - At the world's busiest airport, plainclothes officers patrolling public restrooms in search of luggage thieves have instead uncovered a rash of other, more sordid crimes.
The new restroom dragnet has led to the arrests of more than 30 people in three months for indecent exposure and public sex acts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Airport restrooms apparently have become such popular meeting places for men looking for sexual trysts with other men that they have been suggested several times as meeting places in personal ads on the Web site Craigslist.
"Hey ... I'm stuck at the airport from 5 p.m. and I'm looking for a good time ...," one ad reads. In another, the person posting says he is stuck at the airport for three hours in the evening and is looking for "discreet, quick action."
The new patrols were started to stop theft, not catch people in sex acts, police officials say.
Officers started monitoring the restrooms after figuring out that thieves were pulling bags off baggage-claim carousels and taking them into toilet stalls to comb through them.
"We're trying to provide a safe environment for everyone at the airport," said Officer Joseph Villafane, a police spokesman. "We're not out to get all that it's just we encounter it."
Among those arrested is Ed Wall, the board chairman of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. An officer said he saw Wall having oral sex with another man. Wall, who has temporarily stepped down from his post, has maintained his innocence. A court date has not been set.
The other court cases are pending.
James Cates, a clinical psychologist, said airport indecency arrests usually involve people getting caught performing sexual acts. He said it illustrates compulsive behavior known as exhibitionism.
"They're not a lot different from any compulsion ... it's just that this kind of behavior can be offensive to people and can be traumatizing," said Cates, who counsels and performs psychological testing on sex offenders and people with sexual disorders. "They've got to have the thrill and as they keep not getting caught or reported, the thrill gets less and less. It has to become more risky and daring to keep the thrill up."
Still, some say the airport police should have better things to do than stake out restrooms.
"Police have far better things to do with their time than to arrest people for this," said Kenneth Sherrill, professor at Hunter College of The City University of New York. "Being 'sex police' in bathrooms strikes me as a perversion of rational law enforcement activities."
Atlanta's is not the only airport to have had restroom-related arrests. Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was ordered to pay $35,000 in damages to a custodian who said he shoved her and exposed himself to her in a bathroom at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in 2000. A year later, a county judge in Michigan was arrested at Detroit Metro Airport for allegedly exposing himself to an undercover officer, although a district attorney decided not to prosecute.
The Atlanta airport police efforts may be working, as new personal ads have on Craigslist have warned people to be careful.
"Do NOT do anything at the airport," one posting from March 29 reads. "If you want to hook up, do it outside the airport! Have fun but be smart about it. It's not worth going to jail for the night and having your face put on the news."
This pervert maintains innocence, even though he was observed having 'oral' sex with another man.
How many other U. S. airport toilets are experiencing homosexuals doing what comes 'naturally?'
What is, "Most of them," Alex?
This wouldn’t happen if they just allowed them to marry................(heh heh heh)
The DNC meets in an airport restroom. It’s PC to them!
One business traveller to another, “yeah, I have a layover in Atlanta.” “Eeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww”
Our “Diversity” just keeps on giving.
He's right. Airport security should have been doing it all along. ;)
I’ve been in that airport a bazillion times. I’ve been in the bathrooms in A, B and E. I’ve never seen anyone hanging about looking for some action.
My experience with Atlanta’s airport is that it is very difficult to find an open rest room in the first place. That and the lounges apparently close at 8 PM (can’t have those people stuck on 2-hour layovers drinking can we?). I really don’t like that airport.
“even though he was observed having ‘oral’ sex with another man.”
But oral sex isn’t really sex, is it? </clinton>
That idiotic Hunter College professor has no clue. Sex police in airport bathrooms are just fine with me. Obviously he’s never had to send his eight-year-old son alone into a public bathroom. Liberals are sickening.
“Officers started monitoring the restrooms after figuring out that thieves were pulling bags off baggage-claim carousels and taking them into toilet stalls to comb through them.”
And, of course, with most bags now UNLOCKED for security checks (and looting by AIRLINE people) the enterprising NON-AIRLINE thieves have adapted.
There even was a story about a guy pinching one off who tapped his foot for whatever reason. He was soon visited by another guy who heard the foot tap and was looking for a mouthful.
"I'm stuck here until this storm blows over"
Sounds like something that someone would say after getting caught! Frankly, as unpleasant as Atlanta's airport is, walking into a restroom and seeing a couple of homosexuals "going at it" would be over the top. I'm glad that the police are doing this!
Perhaps you should try Craigslist then.
(Seems like they are arranging their "hook-ups" via the web. No need to hang around the men's room anymore.)
Somebody ought to keep an eye on that guy, whose level of judgment makes me wonder about who hired him.
yeah, I have a lay, over in Atlanta. .........
Including homosexuals in the diversity category is just evil liberal America-haters wanting nothing more than to delute this nation with perverts.
Anyone who belives that one male shoving his penis up another's anus, then shoving his face where his penis has been, is an acceptable lifestyle, we find a person who delights in this nation's demise and one who is equally guilty of the sin!
"Yeah, we're really packed in."..............
Oh those wacky homosexuals. They’re just like everyone else who wants can’t control themselves and have to have sex in public toilets. I’m sure the kids won’t mind.
Same here. In fact, I have joked that when I die, be it heaven or hell, I am pretty sure I will have to change planes in Atlanta.
Never send a child in alone to use these 'public' toilets.
I try to avoid using the stalls in airports. If there is a Delta Crown room, I’ll go there to do #2.
I had no idea that Hunter College had a "Professor of Deviant Restroom Sex".
I’ve heard of the Mile High Club, what is the slang term for this?
It's a really sad state of affairs when the police have to point this out to blunt the obvious criticism of "sexual profiling."
First it was "don't tell us what we can/can't do in our own bedrooms". Now they've expanded it to "don't tell us what we can/can't do in public restrooms". What's next? Slippery slope...
The old prof is probably queer. [”strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint.”]
The head of one gay - lesbian BLT taskforce agency has said that laws against public (washroom and park) sex disciminate against unjustly against this crowd.
The push is on to decriminalize such actions.
Can we do away with the tissue “protective covering” to put over toilet seats and get a fresh rubber gasket to have installed before each visitor attempts to sit down on a public toilet?
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We probably don't want to know..........
It long ago ended being about “consenting ADULTS in PRIVATE”.
It very much became a public affair (including the right to have sex in public) and aimed at indoctinating school aged children into the “alternative” lifestyle.
"It's a pretty sticky situation."
The gay - lesbian community has a "Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato" taskforce?
Shockingly enough, he teaches a section of "Gay and Lesbian History, Politics, and Culture" to confused young people at Hunter College.
Down Low Club?
Sounds like he got a get out of jail free card. Judicial activism is unfair to civilians.
The back door club?
It was an accident! I was just minding my own business, using the urinal, and I slipped and fell... and there you go!
Still, some say the airport police should have better things to do than stake out restrooms... "Police have far better things to do with their time than to arrest people for this," said Kenneth Sherrill, professor at Hunter College of The City University of New York. "Being 'sex police' in bathrooms strikes me as a perversion of rational law enforcement activities."
You gotta wonder how Kenneth Sherrill, a professor at a school 600 miles away from Atlanta, wound up getting quoted in thie article. Is he a noted authority in this area, perhaps? If so, he should be identified as such. I, rather, suspect that he is just a go-to "wise man" guy with a degree and tenure who can be counted on to give a reliably permissive and liberal quote.
But if people are having sex in the bathroom, it seems to be an altogether rational thing to send in the police to break it up. A public bathroom is a public bathroom. Anybody could walk in that door, including a child.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says it is time to repeal America's "archaic and unjust" sex laws.
The Task Force announced it is taking part in a project to analyze sex laws throughout the United States and identify which ones need to go.
The point is to "educate Americans about the prevalence and abuse of antiquated and unjust sex laws in the nation, and to give grassroots activists policy and organizing tools to work to change these laws," the Task Force said in a press release.
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said it is conducting the study of sex laws with help from the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, which describes itself as "a core group of experienced activists" dedicated to "advancing the cause of freedom in the fields of sexuality, civil rights and gender."
In addition, the project will examine laws against public lewdness, "which are routinely misused to persecute and prosecute people who participate in non-traditional forms of sexual expression."
"I've seen firsthand how the misuse of these [public lewdness] laws has ruined the lives of gay and bisexual men," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
"Few victims of this abuse ever come forward for fear of further embarrassment and the system counts on this silence. We intend to shine some light on these shameful practices."
I can’t take my children to a park on the river near my home because the homos cruise there for sex. Cops won’t
do anything about it.
I'm pretty sure I don't wanna know...
Been a lot of that, lately.
Global Climate Change is responsible, I guess.
I believe the equilivant to that as well as the Delta Crown room is
"The White Swallow"