'JWOWW' of 'Jersey Shore' fame says Fargo airport security treated her like a criminal
Jenni Farley, also known as "JWOWW," from the television show "Jersey Shore," poses for a portrait last month in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
FARGO - Jennifer "JWOWW" Farley is not a fan of the airport security at Hector International Airport.
After flying out early Sunday morning, following a Saturday night appearance at a dance event at The Hub, Farley had an encounter she found offensive with the Transportation Security Administration.
In a series of tweets to her 1.9 million followers on Twitter, Farley complained that she had been treated like a criminal when boarding her departing flight from Fargo.
"Travel 2x a week and never went thru what I did here :(" she said in her initial tweet.
Farley, who appears on MTV's reality TV show "Jersey Shore" and once had a clothing line called Filthy Couture, suspected that she was singled out for a pat-down search.
A couple of hours after her initial message about the search, she followed up with two more notes to her Twitter followers.
"I wasn't randomly selected cuz I saw the tsa there pointing at me while I was getting a coffee 15 min prior," she said. The officers asked her to "come with them" for a further search.
She added: "I've been patted down a bunch n don't mind but after I'm getting on a plane seems odd and deliberate to me. Hate when people abuse authority."
A TSA spokeswoman issued a statement to The Forum when asked for comment.
"TSA strives to screen all passengers with dignity and respect while performing its security mission," said Jonella Culmer of TSA. "TSA employs an intelligence-driven, risk-based security approach to screen the nearly 1.8 million passengers traveling daily.
"As part of the layered system, passengers may be subject to random screening measures at the checkpoint or the gate to ensure terrorists can't game the system."
A crowd of 2,500 fans attended the dance and "foam party" Saturday night at The Hub, the nightclub's general manager said Sunday.
"I've got to say, she's a really, really nice lady," Dan Vogel said. "It was fun. We had a packed house."
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