Uploaded on Feb 17, 2010
Passenger: TSA Targeted Me For Cowboys Jersey Alyson Galen believes she was targeted by TSA officials at Philly International for her Dallas Cowboys jersey.
A Dallas Cowboys fan believes it was her jersey, not security, that led TSA screeners to pull her out of line for additional searches at Philadelphia International Airport.
Wearing her Cowboys jersey, lifelong fan Alyson Galen was headed to the terminal "C" screening area to board a flight to Florida on January 15 when, before she even got to the metal detector, she was ordered by a TSA screener to get out of line.
"My husband said to me 'did you beep?' And I told him I didn't even go through the metal detector," Galen told Eyewitness News.
Galen, a mother of three, was on her way to Florida with her husband following the death of a family member.
However, she found herself being patted in a plexiglass area in full view of other passengers.
The biggest shock for Galen, who never asked TSA officials why she was being singled out, came when a screener walked up to her as she was putting her shoes back on to resume her trip.
"He walked up to me and said 'how's it feel to be a Cowboys fan in Philadelphia?' I did tell him 'wow,'" Galen said.
Galen said if in fact TSA screeners pulled her out of line for a search because of her Cowboys jersey and if they thought it was a joke, she is not laughing.
"People need to understand you can't joke in this day and age. People around the world are trying to hurt us as Americans and you just can't joke about that."
Galen, who did not file a formal complaint, said she hopes TSA will offer an explanation and apology.
TSA officials released a statement to Eyewitness News that read in part:
"TSA trains our workforce to screen each passenger with dignity and respect. If travelers feel they have been mistreated during screening, we encourage them to ask for a supervisor at the checkpoint.