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Remove your blouse!

Published July 7, 2008 12:00 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2008, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Transportation Security Administration is out of control. Recently, I was returning home to Denver from Salt Lake City after a long day of work. I was wearing a white cotton blouse over a white jockey undershirt. At the Salt Lake Airport's security line, a young, male TSA officer told me to remove my blouse before proceeding through the metal detector. I objected. He stated that because I had on an undershirt, my blouse was considered "outerwear," and I had to remove it. I refused. A supervisor allowed me to proceed, clothed, through the detector, which didn't beep. Another TSA officer then told me that since I refused to remove my blouse, I would have to be patted down. I was escorted to another area and subjected to a search.

Is it now TSA policy to require women to remove their blouses in the name of homeland security? Are men required to remove their dress shirts when passing through airport security? Why did I pass through security at the Denver International Airport, unmolested, that same morning, wearing the same clothes?

I am 51, a mother of two and have worked for the federal government for 18 years. What is happening to us? I want my country back.

Andrea Madigan

Arvada, Colo.