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Airport screening didn’t single out ‘Jersey Shore’ celeb, says TSA
Despite ‘Jersey Shore’ actress Jwoww’s complaints to the contrary, the Transportation Security Administration said she was not singled out for an individual screening at a North Dakota airport security checkpoint.
Jwoww, whose real name is Jennifer Farley, had tweeted recently that she had been treated unfairly at one of the agency’s security checkpoints at Hector Field (FAR) International Airport in Fargo, ND.
"Fargo ND airport just treated me like a criminal!" she tweeted, adding an expletive. "Travel 2x a week and never went thru what I did here :( I've been patted down a bunch n don't mind but after I'm getting on a plane seems odd and deliberate,” she added.
"Hate when people abuse authority. I know I wasn't randomly selected cuz I saw the tsa there pointing at me while I was getting a coffee 15 min prior," said another.
In a reaction to the tweets, the TSA intimated she was acting like the diva she plays on the MTV reality series.
The agency said on its Web blog on Nov. 15 that the screening Farley was subjected to was routine and that she was not the only one selected.
“While she may have truly believed she was singled out, this was actually part of our random (and I do mean random) protocol,” said the TSA’s Blogger Bob Burns on the agency’s blog page. “After looking into it more we learned she was one of several passengers who were randomly selected for gate screening prior to boarding the aircraft,” it said.
”This is a pre-set procedure for gate screening prior to boarding an aircraft. This particular one consisted of a swabbing of the hands to search for traces of explosives,” it added.
The blog said the agency strives to perform all screening with dignity and respect. “TSA employs an intelligence-driven, risk-based security approach to screen the nearly 1.8 million passengers traveling daily – which could include the occasional reality TV star,” said Blogger Bob.