Target: Transportation Security Administration
Goal: Fire employee who publicly humiliated a 15 year old about her attire
When Sarina Frauenfelder was at LAX on Sunday waiting online to show her proof of identification, she was glared at and humiliated by a TSA employee. He was grumbling in her general direction and when she said, “excuse me?” he told her, “You’re only fifteen, cover yourself” in a hostile manner. The girl was rightfully shaken up by the incident.
It’s worth noting that Sarina was travelling with a group of other teenagers on a college trip, which put her in a position of being shamed by a visible, intimidating authority figure without her legal guardians present to intercede. This agent was deliberately and publicly shaming a child in front of her peers, evidently without any sense of self-control for his anger and hostility.
As citizens, we put our faith and trust in employees like this TSA agent to keep us safe when we are travelling. Telling a young girl to “cover up” is a symptom of the cultural judgment and bias against young women and girls, however they happen to be dressed, and does not inspire confidence in the TSA as an organization. A TSA agent has the power to really make your life difficult at an airport, and if they display this sort of open discrimination against travelers, it’s no comfort to think about what they aren’t saying. This behavior perpetuates a culture that holds women accountable for the crimes committed against them. When an employee preys on a child in order to assert authority over her autonomy, he is abusing his small amount of power and should be immediately dismissed.
Sign this petition to stand with Sarina Frauenfelder and to send a message to bullies like this TSA agent who will verbally abuse those they consider to be powerless.
Dear Transportation Security Administration,
Please fire the TSA officer responsible for publicly shaming and humiliating Sarina Frauenfelder on June 16, 2013. His verbal abuse displayed blatant and unabashed discrimination against women and girls, and that is unacceptable behavior for a person in a position with any kind of authority. Even more egregious, he was preying on a minor unaccompanied by her parents.
His continued employment by the TSA reflects poorly on the administration, and his job must be terminated immediately to show solidarity with women and girls who are harassed and oppressed in this manner every day.
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Photo credit: Mark Frauenfelder