Peter LaBarbera, president of the antigay group Americans for Truth About Homosexuality said Tuesday that gay Transportation Security Administration workers should be barred from
performing airport screening pat-downs for fear they might overindulge in
frisking passengers of the same sex.
A seasoned antigay activist, LaBarbera said that rules prohibiting airport screeners from doing pat-downs of opposite-sex passengers should go further -- for starters, that gay employees be barred from such screening activities altogether. "The reality is, most traveling men would not want Barney Frank to pat
them down at the airport security checkpoint," LaBarbera said. "Neither
would it be fair to assign Ellen DeGeneres to pat down female
"To allow homosexual agents to conduct same-gender pat-downs is
tantamount to a new form of discrimination that must be recognized and
prevented," LaBarbera said.