I know and you know we really need Planned Parenthood for a multitude of reasons, and among them is the educational assistance and materials they provide. Here’s the story about a) why we need reproductive and birth control education, and b) better trained TSA agents.
Silence producer, Emma Tillinger Koskoff was traveling through New York on her way to Los Angeles, and after going through the security scanner, the attending TSA agent requested to do a quick additional check of her “neck, wrist and groin areas”. Fair enough; plenty of people have set off the detector and received a pat down. While Koskoff and the agent waited for a supervisor to come over, the producer made a joke, which granted, isn’t the smartest thing to do. Here’s the thing; what she said wouldn’t be at all alarming to most people, because most people would know exactly what Koskoff was referring to.
As related to THR by the producer, she joked that her IUD — intrauterine device — had set off the security scanner, at which point the TSA agent became “pale”, apparently having never heard of such a thing. Koskoff explained:
She suddenly wouldn’t even look at me and then she said something into her walkie-talkie. The supervisor comes over and calls for the head of security because they thought I was talking about an IED. The scene was gnarly for a minute.
The woman, who was in her mid-30s, didn’t know what an IUD was, which is fine. She did the pat-down and it was not even an issue. I’m all for making sure that no one has bombs on themselves and people being patted down for security purposes. In the end all was well …”
Okay, in all fairness, I’m sure there are many folks who don’t know what an IUD is. On the other hand, all people should receive appropriate sex education information, including about — whether or not they agree with or intend to use — birth control. If you are an adult person who has or intends to have sexual intercourse and you haven’t received such information, please seek it out, yourself. Call or visit Planned Parenthood!
Just as concerning is how utterly untrained TSA personnel continue to be. In this situation, no harm done, but if the person going through was perhaps of another race or ethnic background, who knows how differently things might have been interpreted?