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One Grandmother’s Traumatizing TSA Strip Search

One Grandmother’s Traumatizing TSA Strip Search
Jackie Reddy

Passenger Rhonda Mengert is taking legal action against the TSA after she says that she was subjected to a strip search by agents at Tulsa International Airport. The grandmother was asked to undergo a more invasive search after a “common feminine hygiene product” was found on her person back in May.

A grandmother from Las Vegas is taking legal action against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after she says that she was forced to remove her clothing during what the court documentation describes as a “strip search,” reports The Daily Mail.

The incident occurred on May 12th, 2019. When Rhonda Mengert, who holds TSA PreCheck clearance, was traveling from Tulsa International Airport (TUL) to Las Vegas. As Mengert was passing through the screening checkpoint at Tulsa International Airport, her hip implant activated the metal detector. While Mengert had told staff that she had an implant, she willingly submitted to a pat-down examination.

During the course of this routine examination, a TSA agent noted that Mengert was wearing an item described as a “common feminine hygiene product” beneath her clothes. While Mengert had tested negative for explosive residue, she was then told that she would be subjected to another search.

She was taken to a private room and was asked to take off both her pants and her underwear so that staff could conduct a visual inspection of her person. Court documents allege that this search was conducted without Mengert’s consent.

No prohibited items or substances were found during the course of this search and Mengert was eventually permitted to depart.

Mengert’s legal team, however, say that she incurred emotional distress as a result of the incident and that her Fourth Amendment rights were violated as a result of the TSA’s actions.

In addition to a trial by jury, Mengert is seeking unknown financial compensation for her distress.

She also added that she is seeking “injunctive relief requiring the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to direct its employees that they may not strip search passengers to clear apparent feminine hygiene products without the further heightened suspicion as required by law (or alternatively, under any circumstances).

Commenting on the incident on Facebook, Mengert said that she is attempting to advocate for a change in the policies and procedures used by the TSA.

The TSA said that it cannot offer comment on the ongoing specific case, but reiterated that it “does not conduct strip searches.” 

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View Comments (8)


  1. Flight44

    June 17, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    TSA = Thousands standing around, waiting on a paycheck and a pension, doing little about security issues.

    If would be funny if the issue was not so serious.

    But don’t expect it to change because we, the traveling public, refuse to confront the reality of it.

  2. RSSrsvp

    June 17, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    TSA = Too Stupid to Act!

  3. SarcasticMisanthrope

    June 18, 2019 at 5:14 am

    The TSA agent probably just wanted their jollies at making a old woman strip down.

  4. Dublin_rfk

    June 18, 2019 at 5:27 am

    As one who has had many run ins with the T(erminally) S(tupid )A(dd your own descriptor). When confronted by their stupidly I push back. When asked to concede to a secondary in private I respond with ‘Lets do it here!’ It only took one trip to a private room and disappearing for two days (yes two days) to decide that if it doesn’t embarrass them it won’t embarrass me.

  5. Sohan

    June 18, 2019 at 5:39 am

    The land of the free.

  6. polinka

    June 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Good luck to her. She’s fighting for all women.

  7. JackE

    June 20, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    “Mengert said that she is attempting to advocate for a change in the policies and procedures used by the TSA.”

    And get money.

  8. mvoight

    July 4, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    She would not have been “forced” to the additional search. She could have chosen to not travel.
    The term “grandmother” in the headline is not needed. If you are going to searfch people, should you exempt people simply because they have grandchildren. I don’t know the story with this woman, as we have only heard one side. If a pat down causes them to require an additional search, should they simply not do it?

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