Susie Castillo talks to 'Today' show about TSA 'Molestation'
Susie Castillo, the former Miss USA whose complaint about an invasive TSA pat down last week made headlines, appeared on the "Today" show on Tuesday to talk about her experience.
Castillo 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."
Following the incident, 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!"
In her conversation with Meredith Vieira, Castillo called the pat downs "a violation of our fourth amendment rights." And said that after talking to a TSA supervisor was told that some pat downs weren't as extreme because many agents are uncomfortable performing the pat downs.
Though the former beauty queen does not plan on pressing charges, she told Viera that she has received over a thousand comments after her video went viral. The TSA issued a statement, denying that the agent had done anything wrong.
"We have reviewed the passenger's screening experience and found that the officer followed proper procedures," TSA spokesperson Kristin Lee said in a statement. "We cannot forget that terrorists will continue to try to manipulate societal norms to evade detection. We wished we lived in a world where security procedures at airports weren't necessary but that just isn't the case."
Castillo 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.
"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?"
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.
Watch a clip of Castillo's "Today" appearance below.