Susie Castillo's TSA Rant: 'I Didn't Want To Be Radiated On'

Posted Apr 28th 2011 02:15 PMUpdated May 1st 2011 06:44 PM

TEXT SIZE:

AAA

Susie Castillo, ex-MTV VJ and former Miss USA 2003, was traveling back to Los Angeles from Rio de Janiero via the Dallas-Forth Worth airport when she was "molested" by a TSA agent after opting out of a full-body scan.

Castillo explains to her viewers on her self-filmed video shot at the airport that she intentionally opted to stand in the line that avoided the full-body scanners because she--no joke--"didn't want to be radiated on" even more than she is normally.

After she was told by a TSA agent that if she opted out of a scan then she would have to submit to a full-body patdown, she was "violated" as a female TSA agent touched her vagina four times.

In the video, Castillo says, "I'm crying because I'm really upset that as an American, I have to go through this. I do feel violated ... I completely feel violated." Castillo took her blog to discuss the incident because, in the words of Gandhi (yup), she's hoping to "be the change [she] hopes to see in the world."

The former beauty queen writes: "What bothered me most was when she ran the back of her hands down my behind, felt around my breasts, and even came in contact with my vagina! Honestly, I was in shock, especially since the woman at LAX never actually touched me there. The TSA employee at DFW touched private area 4 times, going up both legs from behind and from the front, each time touching me there. Was I at my gynecologist's office? No! This was crazy!"

Castillo talked to a TSA agent to complain and she writes that she told the agent "the fact is, if someone wanted to harm us, they simply would." Castillo claims the TSA agent agreed and told her: "We're not allowed to touch children like we do adults. If someone really wanted to hide something, they could use a child. I know. [There are] definitely loop holes with this."

Castillo filled out a TSA complaint card (you can do so in person, over the phone or online). Check out her complaint here.

This isn't the first time a celebrity has complained about the TSA: Khloe Kardashian famously likened a patdown to rape, while Whoopi Goldberg sided with the TSA in November calling patdowns "necessary."

Watch Castillo's rant below:

Susie's Experience with the TSA Pat Down from SusieCastillo.net on Vimeo.



Do you think Castillo's rant is...
Fair. Patdowns are an unnecessary procedure.8732 (50.9%)
Foul. Get over it!8408 (49.1%)


Filed Under: Air Travel, News, Video

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

854 Comments

Filter by:
tjmyers24

If the patdowns actually helped fight terrorism, I would be all for them.

July 16 2011 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nelson Rowe

Implying the chances of you having a gun, knife or explosive placed in or around your vagina, anus or breasts is impossible?

I think not.

Child in a women's body.

July 15 2011 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
loyalraiderman

whine whine, whine whine...grow up

July 14 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HELLO MEANLADY

I suggest if you don't want a pat down take some excrement put it in two plastic sandwich baggies and make sure you smell like dog sh@# without getting any on you {leave the baggie open in you pockets or something}, bet the won't like squeezing sh@#. That might avoid a pat down all together.

July 14 2011 at 7:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Websommers

Just wondering if she ended up on their "no fly list" after complaining.

July 14 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan

To everbody who has commented for this video. You do realize that the american people have technically asked for this... Every time something has gone wrong we yell at the government to do something about it, and they have. There is no easy way to "fight the war on terror." They are resourceful and are very good at finding work arounds(loop holes). Stop watching the news for the shock value and actually look around. They try smuggle things in to any means avalible....on aircraft this can happen, sometimes they even try to smuggle things in on deployed military installations. As far as the buses, trains, and subways comments go..... what the hell? if a new york subway gets hijacked... where is it going to go? as much as i hate to reference this.... could a subway crash into the towers or pentagon? a bit crazy to think the federal government would override the state government's authority on a state funded transportation system.

In short the people complained to the government of not doing anything when 9/11 happened. So they had TSA adjust the list of contribanded items, no nail clippers, fuilds over 3.2 oz, knives of anykind, ect ect. Then the "diaper bomber" they increased body searches... NOT started, BUT INCREASED. They have always been there just not as many as now. The older people reading this can probably remember in the 80's when the hijacking was the popular thing to do with airlines they started the body searches. As for the model in the video if you felt violated by that.. girl i hope you never are in the situation of getting a cavity search.

To sum it all up, don't ask for something you don't want. The same people complaining about these TSA safety measures are most likely the same type of people that complain about how cruel we are to terrorists who rocket, shoot, and bomb US soldiers every day. OH and just in case any of you are wondering... every soldier gets searched everytime they mail something home, and even coming home... person and luggage. Soldiers, Airman, Saliors are over there trying to keep this from home, but you can't catch everything so the TSA is trying to help... back off a bit. If you think it's a violation of privacy or is embarrassing then ask them to provide private searching rooms instead of stop searching at all, or find another mode of transportation, or don't complain on the next loop hole that a criminal finds in TSA's rule book that results in another bombing, hijack, or crash that kills hundreds-thousands of people that you didn't know but is so tragic that you want to complain to the government that it's thier fault.

July 14 2011 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
smotty45

if they(bad guys)blow up a bus are we going to go through thiswith that.

July 13 2011 at 7:18 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
AGGIEBABA

If you don't like the procedures at the airport, choose another means of transportation. Rather than force someone to undergo a process to which they are opposed, tell them to leave, and don't slam the door on their behind on the way out.

July 13 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to AGGIEBABA's comment
ERdoc

Dude, the problem is that these security measures are institutionalized by the gov't. Like smotty said... are they going to start this with buses, or how about subways (that would save everyone in NYC a lot of time on their daily commute)! If it was left up to the airlines to choose if they wanted to implement security measures similar to this or not, you possibly would be able to choose an airline that did not do this! At the end of the day, I believe that this is a case of unreasonable search & seizure not to mention a huge VIOLATION OF PRIVACY.

July 14 2011 at 4:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Lindsay Fan

She wants to become famous

June 23 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Lindsay Fan

She is complaining that TSA agent touched her breast and vagina.
I wonder how many times she was touched in that area by how many men?
hypcrotes, We want to safeguard air travellers woman , grow up

June 23 2011 at 2:21 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Lindsay Fan's comment
HELLO MEANLADY

Was the comment about men really necesary? How many times have you been touched by men?

July 14 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Don't Miss

Fotosearch

Find the best resorts, wherever you are.

Hit The Slopes
Corbis

Tales of learning to expect the unexpected.

Change Your View
Getty Images

Unexpected encounters and wildlife tours.

Cows, Sharks, Monkeys & More

Travel Careers

amtrak train conductor

See the world and interact with people from different cultures.

flight attendant plane interior

It's as crazy as you think.