Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Adam Levine, Kyra Sedgwick, other celebs talk about getting felt up by TSA agents

When public figures get hassled by the TSA, it often makes news and gets people talking about their own experiences with the agency and how worthless it is.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and TV host Geraldo Rivera recently made headlines for their run-ins with TSA agents. Both men were frisked at airports by overzealous screeners.
Last November, I wrote an article listing celebrities who have spoken out against the TSA. They included country singer Miranda Lambert, “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke, actor Sean Penn, actor Alec Baldwin, ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, and reality TV stars Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Khloe Kardashian.
Since then, there have been many more examples. What follows are some of them.

Actress Gabrielle Union made news when TSA agents patted down her hair on Feb. 8 and she took to Twitter to complain. (See articles by Us Weekly, the New York Daily News and E Online.)

Rapper 2 Chainz was arrested at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on May 22 after the TSA mistook his four-finger ring for brass knuckles. (See articles by TMZ and

In a radio interview, actor Charlie Sheen unleashed on the TSA for groping children. (See article at Alex Jones’ Prison Planet.)

Actor Mark Ruffalo was placed on a terror watch list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling. He now gets further security checks from airport TSA officials because of his status. (See articles by the Daily Mail and Jaunted.)

Tweets by celebrities groped by the TSA: 

“First time being felt up by a TSA. ‪#uncool” – singer Adam Levine (Jan. 9, 2012)

“The TSA agent just felt my lady parts 5 times...5 TIMES! Is this really what things have come to? It is ridiculous.” – Candace Bailey, actress and host of “Attack of the Show” on G4 (Feb. 5, 2012)

“I think TSA Officer Collins liked my cords, particularly in the groin area, where his hand lingered during “opt-out”. ‪#GotTo3rdBaseWithTSA‬!” – actor Kal Penn (Nov. 27, 2011)

“Just got a pat down by TSA before my flight. Yowza! Very intimate!” – actress Kyra Sedgwick (Feb. 28, 2012)

“Just watched Austin, TX TSA totally grope my 14 year old daughter. I am PISSED!!!” – Megadeth singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine (April 10, 2012)

“Everytime we go thru airport security I feel like we’re being trained to live in a police state. Searching my wife like she’s a terrorist?!?” – rocker Joe Perry (Feb. 5, 2012)

“TSA. No. No. No. You don’t have the authority to do a full pat down on my 3 year old simply bc I opted out of the x ray …” – actress Mayim Bialik (March 9, 2012)

“TSA officer just accidentally brushed my tip during the pat down. He knew & I knew but neither of us said anything ‪#ModernPolite” – actor Seth Green (Jan. 11, 2012)

“I just got pulled over for a pat down by the TSA. It must be my ‪#ExplosiveWeiner” – Pro football hall of famer Thurman Thomas (March 4, 2012)

“If the TSA guy patting me down yells out, “Must be cold in here!” that’s a diss, right?” – singer-songwriter Richard Marx (Feb. 22, 2012)

Photos: Screenshots of TSA rants on Twitter by Adam Levine (top), Candace Bailey and Joe Perry.


Lisa Simeone said...

Thank you for writing this. Another ally in the struggle.

Join us at TSA News Blog (dot com) and at Travel Underground (dot org) where we keep tabs on this abusive, criminal, out-of-control agency.

Patrick Seitz said...

Thanks. Keep up the great work at TSA News blog.