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TSA Agent's Encounter With Reporter Goes Viral (Video)

A CNN reporter shared a shocking video of her "humiliation" by TSA at the airport (video below).

On Dec. 15, CNN’s Angela Rye was told to go through an additional security check at the airport. She immediately asked a police officer be called to the scene to film the TSA agent's pat down, BET reports.

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The agent reportedly violated Rye’s body and right to privacy by lifting up her dress and touching her genitals twice during the check. By the end of the procedure, Rye appears to be on the brink of tears.

Following the terrible experience, Rye took to Periscope to explain why she refuses to be silent about the incident and why it’s unacceptable.

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The political commentator wrote an op-ed for CNN discussing the situation in more detail and voicing concern about the effects of TSA practices on others.

"I shared the video on social media," Rye wrote in the Dec. 17 op-ed. "I shared my humiliation. I shared my feelings on Periscope after the incident, so we could have a constructive conversation about altering practices. Of course, we want America to be safe and protected but we should not violate the emotional and physical safety of our nation's citizens at the same time."

Rye received mass support when she shared the video on Twitter on Dec. 5 with the caption, "So, apparently TSA follows a p-grabbing Trump model..." BET reports.

“I asked the police officer to film this so I can send to [TSA],” she added in a separate tweet, notes CNN. "I'm hoping my humiliation will fix the system."

The video has garnered more than 10,000 retweets and over 11,000 likes. Many other users shared their own horrific TSA experiences after Rye posted the video.

"We do not have to do something because it's always been done -- that does not make it right," Rye added in her CNN op-ed. "Perhaps it's time for the TSA to invest in new equipment. It is definitely time for them to keep their hands away from vaginas."

Sources: BETCNN / Photo credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via theGrio