November 22nd, 2010
10:19 AM ET

TSA pat downs get the full parody treatment

Taiwan's Next Media Animation gave the TSA pat downs the full animation parody treatment.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery - but what about mockery?

It's something the TSA is battling as backlash grows regarding their pat down procedures - and they are getting the full treatment, a la Tiger Woods scandal.

No doubt there are very real concerns about the pat downs and full body scans: a flier had to show her prosthetic breast and just recently a video of a shirtless boy getting a pat down has gone viral. But that doesn't mean people are shying away from mocking the griping-about-groping issue.

From a "Saturday Night Live" skit, to a fake Twitter account and a Taiwanese animation mocking the outrage and procedure, the TSA is getting hit hard.

"SNL" couldn't shy away from the sexy side of the TSA pat downs. With music in the background that rivals the late night dating hotline treatment, "SNL" agents blow kisses, speak in porn star-esque voices and tout the full pat-down treatment.

And if "SNL" isn't an indicator the story has hit big time - leave it to Twitter.

The TSA now has gotten the fake Twitter account treatment. The fake account @TSAgov, created by an unknown person, says in its profile "We pat your groin. We see you naked. We're the doormen to the sky. Why? Because everybody is a terrorist."

And their tweets mirror some of the very real complaints for flyers, but also mock the widespread coverage of the issue.

"Your freedom is in our hands. Literally. #tsa #tsaslogans #tsagov," one Tweet says.

"We opt-out of listening to you whine. #tsa #tsagov," says another.

Taiwan's Next Media Animation, known for their offbeat reanimations (think Tiger Woods golf club smashing scandal fame), has done the same for the TSA.

And the video goes there - all the way there, if you know what we mean.

Similar to the "SNL" feature it shows a female passenger asking for a private pat down - which takes her to a private room where you'll find a king-size bed and TSA  agent dancing in a fairly seductive fashion.

In the video, they call the screeners "RapeScan Systems," mock national opt-out day in what would be the worst-ever-possible scenario for TSA where those who choose to opt out of screening take a plane. Not to be outdone, they also have a cross-dressing male passenger who battles against flirtations from a TSA agent. That's when he reveals undergarments with explosives with a sign attached that says "Osama's Secret."

And it isn't just the big guns pulling out their parodies. Michael Adams, known as a social justice advocate called The Health Ranger gave his take with a new rap parody called "Don't Touch My Junk (The TSA Hustle). The video is inspired by the now infamous confrontation between John Tyner who told a TSA agent in San Diego "If you touch my junk I'll have you arrested."

"I don't want radiation, so I opted out," he sings. "But when they grabbed my man junk, I couldn't help myself. I had to shout, I had to shout I had to get my message out. Don't touch my junk."

But what about you, do you think the TSA practices are necessary or crossing the line. Share with us at iReport your thoughts about whether pat-downs make you feel safe or scared.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. gordon jetton

    This is all about security theater M. chertoff is why this ridiculous bs is going on? Cargo is still not being screened 4% or less of air cargo is being inspected. This Tsa thing is a joke and a smoke screen to make u believe u r safe? me I no longer fly?

    November 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. larry edison

    here's an idea: how about after being scanned one gets a medical-worthwhile xray report, reducing health care cost and satisfty security at the same time

    November 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob Zmuda

    Trebor, I weep that you share my nationality.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jackie

    5 reasons National Opt-Out Day is stupid:

    November 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rebecca

    This is ridiculous it will start out as a simple pat down and the next thing you know were going to have to go through scanning completely naked and then no one will want to fly anymore.

    November 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David

    Here's a better tsa video!

    December 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DJCF

    Personally, I won't feel safe until they inspect each and every one of our rectums...perhaps some snaking device with a camera and optional tickler. I'm sick and tired of my plane getting blowed up. We need to sacrifice our bodies and 4th amendment or else all those that died in the underwear bombing episode, died in vein!

    January 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
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