Skip to comments.Pilot Howard Pinkham, US Airways First Officer Refuses Grope
Posted on 11/17/2010 3:43:35 PM PST by jessduntno
I am a Usairways pilot with hip replacements. I am unable to successfully pass through a metal detector. For approx. 5 years I have been questioned, wanded and patted down every morning each day I report for work. Ive asked for help with a solution, Ive been through all the company and union channels to no avail. Approx. 1 year ago, I encountered something new called a groin check. This is where they run the back of their hands down your fly from top to bottom 1 inch to eother side. I said I would allow this if they dont touch my stuff. The screener accused me of being a homophobe and said he cant guarantee he wont touch me in this area. I said then I cant go through the check. I called the airline for direction and they agreed to assist me in finding a solution if I would JUST take the flight out. I allowed him his groin check and was so humiliated and enraged that I was pretty much useless in the cockpit, I was self absorbed. Fortunately my Captain could see this and just picked up my duties also and never said a word. I called the union about this and they informed me that I NEVER have to let someone touch me there, that that is wrong. They also reminded me of my obligation to remain fit for duty in our flight ops manual as well as federal aviation regulations and should I find myself in a similar situation again, dont fly. Well, I noticed that this groin check kept popping up more and more often until I forced myself to accept it and block it out. [i.e. go to work on the flight deck of an airplane full of passengers -ed.]
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I arrived at the aircraft and the Capt and I both agreed I was not fit to fly. I was red faced and sweating profusely (every swear word I ever new was being silently mouthed). For the first time, it occured to me that its humiliation, not embarrassment, that causes anger. We advised the agents, the company and the union. They were unable to locate a replacement at the time so susequently, the flight cancelled. I followed the letter of the law in every way and yet, I have risked my career, reputation and the well being of people around me who depend on my support.
Rest assured folks, Michael Robertss view of this land grab of the last of our precious rights is right on. Ive watched the screening system get progressively worse for 5 years. I estimate Ive already endured over 700 pat downs. Its as if they plan some new hideous procedure, try it on us for awhile and if they get away with it, they go further. It HAS to stop here. We own our bodies, not the goverment. It occurs me me that a groping does not reveal a pound of explosive in someones rectum. So, if this is how TSA approaches its mission to prevent airplanes from blowing up, has anyone thought whats next? If we go along with this I can see cavity checks around the next corner. They believe just using in the name of safety makes it so and makes it right. IT DOES NOT!!!!!
Thanks, Howard Pinkham
US Airways First Officer
I’d say that is a hostile work environment.
“Id say that is a hostile work environment.”
He’s called a homophobe. Are you allowed to ask if the TSA goon is gay/lesbian? Nope. Who IS feeling you up? Are they getting off on it?
I say we all buy tickets, force our way through the lines refusing the pat downs and that is that.
TSA takes STUPID to a whole new level
Dictionaries all over the World are weeping as they are no longer current
(Lame ... but I had to type something Family Friendly)
There are a courageous few who won’t bow down in submission. This makes the government-paid nazis very mad.
It never ceases to amaze me that the person who has control of the airplane has to be searched for possible explosives. Its not like he can’t just fly into the ground or something. I heard they even took away a pilot’s fingernail clippers. What was he going to do, hold it to his throat and make himself crash the plane?
I would imagine it's also a form of "conditioning."
Just tell them, “If you grope me, I get to grope you.”
What’s the point of checking the pilot for a bomb or whatever? He can always fly the plane into a building anyway.
Remember TSA’s new motto: “You don’t get on, Until we get off.”
I guess I'd better not eat at Taco Bell before my next flight....
“What was he going to do, hold it to his throat and make himself crash the plane?”
“Stay back or the pilot gets it!”
“Oh mercy, can’t someone help that poor man?”
HAHA Blazing Saddles!
“Under 18 U.S. Code Section 2244, “ ‘sexual contact’ means the intentional touching, either directly or through the clothing, of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh or buttocks of any person with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade.”
Tell them “If you grope me, I’ll physically harm you.” And then do so. Have it taken to trial. Get 12 people on the jury and have your defense attorney make sure that all 12 on the jury are patted down the same way. Then they get to make the decision.
“There are a courageous few who wont bow down in submission. This makes the government-paid nazis very mad.”
This guy should be getting a medal.
He’s calling attention to the absurdity of this by making us look at who he is (able to bring the plane down anyway) and how he is treated by the TSA. Like a peon. Or pee-on.
“HAHA Blazing Saddles!”
Yep. That movie explains our predicament pretty well, unfortunately.
"I'm afraid for my life" "You'll not rape ME" Then wack 'em.
Oh mercy, cant someone help that poor man?
They said you was hung! And they was RIGHT!
(Where the white women at?)
Sounds like someone in the administration wants Americans to suffer payback for Abu Ghraib.
It’s not a phobia, it’s an actual disgust of a serious perversion that is eating at the core of decent society like a maggot.
For the screeners to be able to detect explosives, that means that they must know what a normal groin area feels like. I wonder what it says on the job application:
“Have you felt (your sex) groin areas before? Do you know what a normal (your sex) groin area feels like?”
That kinda excludes the vast majority of people, and opens the job to a small segment of the population, say about 1%.
Or maybe there is on the job training with (same sex) anatomically correct crash dummies.
There’s a simple solution to this.
Just make it an option for the man being searched to select a very attractive female to do the pat down!
It would help the economy also. Guys would be flying all over the place.
I agree. I have had cancer. No one on either side of my family has ever had cancer that we can find. When I was a baby; I had radiation to remove a birthmark. This could have been the reason why.
This is what happens when we let idiots control our government.
Simply go to local Law Enforcement and file a formal sexual assualt complaint everytime this happens. Once TSA agents are constantly under investigation/possible arrest and prosecution under local and state law; who’ll want to work for TSA?
I think I will just start laughing and when they ask, “What’s so funny?”, I’ll just say, “I’m just thinking of the laughs I’ll get when I tell the guys how easy it is to get TSA agents to play with my junk.”
TSA: Are you calling me a homosexual.
Passenger: No, but I’m not the one with my junk in his hands. By the way, am I supposed to leave a tip?
They cannot humiliate you if you humiliate them first.
The guy who said, "I allowed him his groin check" should get a medal?
Save some medals for the guys who get arrested or lose their jobs for resisting.
I imagine any sort of refusal or remark will put you on the “No Fly List”
If Conservatives had first instituted this policy the Leftists, Big Media, NPR and the Newspapers would be screaming bloody murder.
Shakes on a Plane
“My question was this: are the security checks really any more effective? To find out, I decided to re-enact the classic scene from the 1984 movie This is Spinal Tap, where bassist Derek Smalls puts a foil-lined cucumber down his pants, which is picked up by the security wand. Only I decided to go one better, by putting a buzzing vibrator down my pants.”
“You know I was sweating cheeseburgers as I waited for the guy to return. We stood there awkwardly, while my crotch hummed a one-note tune. It was a muffled drone, like someone using a weed wacker in a neighboring township.”
Salad Dressing In The Pants
“Calmly, I reached down into that unstable barrel of atomic liquid and grabbed my salad dressing. Then I calmly boarded the moving walkway, and stuffed the salad dressing down my pants. The TSA lets you keep things there, apparently.”
We are way over the edge now...
Yeah, I have an artificial knee. I get pulled over all the time and meanwhile watch others walk past that didn’t even take off a belt ... but they didn’t buzz the scanner. So they walk on by and I get a full body pat. With the scanners they’ll be able to easily see the knee (hell, its solid steel!) so they would know what it was, pull me aside and wand me (yep, its an artificial knee). Then pat down the REST of me that didn’t show or wand a problem. It just isn’t right.
Can anyone explain why a pilot would need anything other than an identity check?
After all, being a racist may be vile but it's not illegal. That should start some really fun stuff (works especially well in "redneck" states")
OK, sarcasm tag attached to avoid Viking Kitty attack.
Of course they are “getting off on it.” It is work they would not do unless they were. Who do you suppose applies for these jobs? I have wondered if people are promised that their records will be cleared if they take the job. This whole thing may be a reward to a certain class of loyal Democrat voters and it might just keep some of them “off the streets.”
“The guy who said, “I allowed him his groin check” should get a medal?”
No, the guy who put his name rank and airline on the internet for the whole world to see should get a medal.
“YOUR” ===> “YOU’RE”
If this is not an unreasonable search, nothing is.
Remember when the school teacher stood up and read her letter to the governor aloud to the crowd? She was complaining about the appointment of Bart (Clevon Little) as sheriff. It went something like this....
“....Please remove him at once! The very fact that you could appoint this man only goes to show that YOU are the leading a$$hole in the state!” Applies to alot of the present day RAT governors....
That is a ringtone on my son's cell phone, rings that way when my wife calls him.
Or maybe he has changed it.
He's a Boy Scout leader, and recently was at a regional council meeting when my wife called him.....
Try the T-shirt again?
The “NO FLY LIST” should work BOTH ways!!!!