Susie Castillo, former Miss USA says she was 'molested' by TSA
Susie Castillo, former Miss USA, claims she was "molested" by a TSA screener at the Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport after declining to go through the body scanners because she "didn't want to be radiated on," reports USA Today.
Castillo posted a blog and YouTube video which was filmed directly after the pat-down and wrote on a complaint card, "My private area was grazed four times!"
"Am I a threat to US security? I was Miss USA, for Pete's sake!" Castillo wrote in her blog . "Besides, is this procedure really protecting us? I remember hearing about an al-Qaeda terrorist successfully evading security detection by placing a bomb in his rectum... So what if that happened in the U.S.? Would we then be subjected to random rectal exams in addition to X-rays and being groped by strangers? How far is this going to go?"
The former beauty queen appeared visibly upset in her YouTube video and though she admit she wondered if she was just "being a baby," Castillo decided her voice needed to be heard.
"That's why I'm crying, that's why I'm so upset," A teary-eyed Castillo said in her YouTube video, "They're making me choose to either get molested, because that's what I feel like, or go through this machine that's completely unhealthy and dangerous... Never in my wildest dreams did I think that this would make me cry. I'm really really upset that, as an American, I have to go through this. I do feel violated. This woman touched my vagina four times."
A few weeks ago, TSA was criticized after performing an aggressive screening on a 6-year-old girl in New Orleans, who also cried following her pat down.
Castillo is a Neutrogena brand ambassador, actress and a former MTV VJ. She won the Miss USA pageant in 2003, representing Massachusetts.
She will also be one of the hosts of NBC's new show, "School Pride," where Denise Cramsey ("True Beauty," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition") and Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") will renovate some of our nation's most dilapidated schools.
Do you think the TSA goes too far in their pat downs?