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Mom Jailed After Fighting TSA Agents over Daughter's Pat Down (VIDEO)

By daniellesmith |

Andrea Fornella Abbott

A 41-year-old mom lands herself in jail after first refusing to go through the body scanning devices at the Nashville airport and then apparently shouting, swearing at TSA agents and attempting to film them with her camera phone for trying to give her daughter a pat-down search. Andrea Fornella Abbott apparently yelled that she did not want her young daughter to have her ‘crotch grabbed’. TSA agents claim Fornella Abbott had quite a bit of attitude when she first refused the ‘body scanning device’. I used to breeze through security.  Now?  After my experience a few weeks ago, when I was touched inappropriately, my heart races.  Bring my kids into that mix…  it is a tough situation. I traveled with my children just this past weekend and I was a nervous wreck….

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18 thoughts on “Mom Jailed After Fighting TSA Agents over Daughter's Pat Down (VIDEO)

  1. pumabydesign001 says:

    What is wrong with Americans being as quiet as sheep, allowing the government to treat them and their children as something less than human?

    These invasive procedures should have Americans up in arms. This is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights and there is no reason to tolerate the denigration and violation of Americans.

    Defund and disband the TSA.

  2. pumabydesign001 says:

    cont.

    Of course, the TSA would say that anyone who is not a willing to submit to such denigration has an “attitude problem.”

    I side with Andrea Fornella Abbott.

  3. Lisa says:

    TSA should be ashamed of themselves. They’ve spent over $52 BILLION dollars in taxpayer money, they have a 70% failure rate at catching contraband coming onto aircraft and spend their time harassing children, the elderly, disabled, etc.

    It is a fact that the most effective way to catch contraband coming onto an aircraft is by using dogs — not these ridiculous body scanners and invasive patdowns without just cause. But, as Rep. Chaffetz said today on CNN — the body scanners manufacturers have lobbyists, dogs don’t. So that’s where the taxpayer money goes.

  4. carly says:

    Good work TSA! pick on sick elderly people and children but let people with expired boarding passes and stun guns pass thru. Traveling is an adventure. Found a great site to post about travel experiences at airlineslodgingetc.com

  5. Sommer Gentry says:

    If the TSA threatens to touch your child, you must refuse. You must say, I do not consent and do not touch my child. Your child must say, I do not consent and do not touch me. You must request a law enforcement officer to escort you out of the airport immediately.

    No flight is worth subjecting your child to a sexual assault. Unwanted sexual touching, even through clothing, is a sexual assault and can be extremely traumatizing. Your child needs you to protect him or her. It is not safe to let strangers rub your child’s bathing suit zones or put their hands down your child’s pants.

    I don’t think anyone should fly with children while these sexually invasive searches continue. If you must fly, then hope for the best and hope not to be flagged for sexual touching – but have a backup plan in case you need to leave the airport to protect your child.

  6. Teresa M says:

    Sommer Gentry well said!

  7. Dennis says:

    We must keep our people SAFE TSA

  8. Gretchen Powers says:

    She could have avoided the drama, at least possibly, by first going through the scanner. The idea that it “shows your naked body” is simpleton nonsense. It doesn’t, and so what if it did. Nobody cares about your naked body, lady. We don’t really know both sides of the story here without seeing video of what happened. This is no “Fourth Amendment Right” violation. They’re not coming into your home or grabbing you on the street while you’re minding your own business to search or seize you or your property. You are asking to ride on one of their planes with other people. It’s a pretty public affair. Don’t like it? Don’t fly. I don’t find the practices to be particularly invasive. Stupid and useless, maybe, I can’t say. Still, the idea that these searches, conducted in public in full view of anyone, are invasive or sexual is just silly. People need to get over themselves.

  9. Rosana says:

    I wonder if Ms. Abbott’s backup plan was to go to jail. I mean, If you KNOW you don’t want your kids to go through the scan and you KNOW you do not want your kids to be patted down, why will you even plan on flying????? I totally respect people’s choice to refuse either one or both but those people will know that they will also have to refuse to fly.

  10. Jennie says:

    This is the world we live in. This is a world where there are people who would strap explosives on the elderly, on children. If flying with my children or alone frightened me so much I would avoid it. I wanted to fly inspite of this fear, I would make sure my children and myself were prepared for the machines, i.e., empty pockets, etc., whatever the guidelines. I’d be prepared and make the best of it. If my airport had only machines that I feared I’d check another airport, I’d do whatever I had to do. I’d educate myself on the particular machine I feared before I believed in any hype. The last thing I would do is freak out at the airport like a fool and get arrested.

  11. Elizabeth Conley says:

    When I studied self defense my instructor told me to speak firmly when instructing assailants to desist.

    Apparently federal thugs require more finesse: “Naughty, naughty widdle Thuggie, no touchy girlie’s tushie or ta-tas, – Owwtay? Dat’s a no-no.”

    After all, thugs are sensitive. This is the age of political correctness. We wouldn’t want to traumatize any hardened criminals. The federal thuglets’ self-esteem might be damaged if their never-ending sense of entitlement to abuse their fellow citizens is too firmly contradicted.

    Practice your baby-talk folks. You might need to fly soon. If you are unable to leave your sex organs behind you’ll face the same dilemma this mother and daughter confronted.

  12. Susan says:

    Every time you purchase airline tickets and show up at the airport and “hope” that you can avoid the scanners and invasive pat-downs, you are giving a reason for TSA with all its ridiculous security theater to exist. Because that is what it is – theater. Confiscating your toenail clippers and your bottle of shampoo, shoving you into a backscatter machine and molesting you is not going to protect you against Timothy McVeigh-style attacks or Moscow-airport-style attacks, nor will the plane be magically be cloaked to withstand anti-aircraft missiles. On the contrary, that backscatter machine *may* lead to a blooming case of cancer down the road. How’s that for feeling safe?

    When you decide you are going to get serious about standing up for your constitutional rights and that of your children and that of your fellow citizens, consider joining We Wont Fly and Boycott Flying on Facebook and http://freedomtotravelusa.org.

  13. goddess says:

    “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

  14. Dana says:

    While I agree with most of the posts about the TSA being a ridiculous organization, did she have to shout profanities, or make a huge scene? No, that doesn’t warrant arrest, but nice example to set for your child and those around you.
    BTW, I’ve flown through BNA (Nashville) several times and their security is so stupid. They tried to tell us that we couldn’t go through because my 3 week old didn’t have id. No where did we receive any notification (when buying the ticket or researching to fly with an infant – it was for a funeral, so no we couldn’t get around it) did it say that an infant, who is OBVIOUSLY an infant, needs id.

  15. Elizabeth Conley says:

    When I studied self defense my instructor told me to speak sternly when instructing assailants to desist.

    Apparently federal thugs require more finesse: “Naughty, naughty widdle Thuggie, no touchy girlie’s tushie or ta-tas, – Owwtay? Dat’s a no-no.”

    After all, thugs are sensitive. This is the age of political correctness. We wouldn’t want to traumatize any hardened criminals. The federal thuglets’ self-esteem might be damaged if their never-ending sense of entitlement to abuse their fellow citizens is too firmly contradicted.

    Practice your baby-talk folks. You might need to fly soon. If you are unable to leave your reproductive organs behind, you’ll face the same dilemma this mother and daughter confronted.

  16. Deutschbag says:

    post so nice, you had to post it twice, Elizabeth? it doesn’t make it sound any less hysterical the second time…flying on a plane is not an “essential liberty”…it’s a privilege…people know the rules and what could happen…if they’re not comfortable with it, they really shouldn’t fly…people can’t just start going ape in airports, it *is* a jailable offense to start acting crazy in high-security situations…this woman looks all kinds of nuts to me just from the picture

  17. Steve Campeau says:

    Youf MOMs need to stop flying!

  18. Kelly says:

    TSA will NOT and I repeat NOT pat down my child!!!!

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