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. K jacktown michigan

    pat, how about rubbing, or stroking? Will they arrest me if i finish before they do? Leave a little babybatter?

    November 22, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Al Dente

    The new TSA Program to Examine Random Voyagers (PERV) has lured Tiger Woods for airport screener duties – SHOCKING details at:

    http://spnheadlines.blogspot.com/2010/03/faa-tiger-will-work-airport-security_19.html

    Peace! 🙂

    November 22, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Katie Welch

    How come no one is pushing TSA to change their policy on cargo? Each person has to give up their personal space but they are still not requiring that all cargo must be scanned. We just had a problem with bomb material being shipped from Southwest Asia. Security is about the weakest link.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Let just have no-pat down planes and pat down planes. Sounds simple to me....those that are against scanning or pat downs will fly on a plane where everyone else feels the same way. Those that are not against pat downs with fly only on planes where everyone else was patted down or scanned. Of course tickets would be priced to the number of people that fly on each plane.

    November 22, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. kite005

    Who's responsible for making the TSA the laughing joke of the year? I really would like to know!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Debra Savittieri

    Just another govt PR spin to get the public to ignore other issues going on in our country right now.
    Stupid subject 'the security pat downs' at the airports.. We all know if someone wanted to blow up an aircraft, they'd be using 'shear will & scare tactics' anyway, and not guns and big knives. OUr Nation is being taught to be afraid..of everything, very Afraid.... The employees at the airlines are so simply hard up for money (due to lack of proper pay) that I bet they'd take any money to let someone on the tarmack or inside secure areas...I know...I am an x-flight attendant. Feeling me up or fingering my breasts by some fat security personel is more disgusting that the act itself..ha!
    Come on people! Think about getting food on your plates and hey, I have a thought....apply for a job at TSA!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pancho Villa

    Wow are rights taken alway in front of us,I GUESS GAYS WILL LOVE TO WORK AT THE AIRPORT.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. joe

    my biggest problem with tsa and airports in general are the 3 oz of liquid. I fell like now its all about money!! they charge over $2 for generic water so i know they are making out like a fat rat considering the mark up on water.

    November 22, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    I remember when comedians used humor to expose the most hideous of government operations. Now they take the slightest infringement and blow it out of proportion...ignoring the serious crimes comitted by their own government. They have become nothing more than fellow actors with their government, all standing on the same stage for all to see.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jesse

    i think its a good idea. these are the same searches i did in Iraq and afghan. used the same back scatter x-rays for 12 hours a day for 180 days strait. i dont think we should hide any thing, just need to keep people honest. and tell people you have a back full of pee stuck to you. its part of who you are dont be ashamed.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. K jacktown michigan

    wow!

    November 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob Ray

    I've flown over 10 million miles and my #1 priority is to arrive safely. There are others in our world whose #1 priority is for me not to arrive at all; people who search our airport screening process for any loophole no matter how small to get weapons on board my plane and kill everyone aboard. This is 2010. not Norman Rockwell's Americana. Our security system missed the printer cartridge bombs – even denied their existence when told about them – until it was proven they were there. If you have issues with airport screening under today's threat conditions, take a train or drive or walk. You have a choice, you have options. Exercise them and move forward. Mine is to fly safely and arrive alive.

    November 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigJimSlade

      Yep, because those ink cartridges were found next to someones crotch or breasts, you`re argument actually proves the point! Thanks!

      November 23, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • BigJimSlade

      sorry, meant "your"

      November 23, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. WomenOnGuard

    This is really getting out of hand. I don't think terrorists are going to try to get onto the airplanes anyway... TSA should pat down the employees of the airlines, including baggage handlers!!!!

    November 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trebor

    Clearly some people are living in a different world, as the Norman Rockwell reference above alludes to. Politics aside, Americans and America are targets and that is not going to change; only the number of those targeting us will. And the number is increasing; not a political statement there, just a fact. Reality is, if you want to fly there's a price to be paid for your security. If you don't want to pay that price, don't fly. Those of us who do fly want to arrive safely and while, we respect your right to disagree with the system, when it comes to our safety being compromised because of personal, we respectfully ask that you take another mode of transportation. You have a choice. Make it and move on, please.

    November 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Robert

    Dear Trebor,
    There is always a balance between security and individual rights. I say this goes way to far to the security side. What about body cavity searches? These would make us even safer because this is where smugglers are smuggling and terrorist are looking to put weapons. Is this to safe for you? Do you think this is too much? How much is too much for you?

    November 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
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