DENVER (CBS4)– A Littleton woman claims she missed her flight home to Denver International Airport because of her gender.

Jennifer Winning was trying to fly home from Rock Springs, Wyo. when she was denied attempts to board because she couldn’t go through proper pre-flight security.

Winning said the Transportation Security Administration told her that because there was no female agent to screen her that she couldn’t get on her flight.

“I said if I was a man and I wanted to board would I be able to go through security they said, ‘Yes’ but because there were no female TSA agents I couldn’t,” said Winning.

Winning said she went outside the airport for a little while after her flight was delayed and that’s when she missed the announcement for the final boarding call for her flight. That’s when the last female TSA agent left work.

“If I needed additional security and needed a pat down it has to be by a female agent and I asked him what if I didn’t need additional security and I just go through normally and I don’t need a pat down, and they said, ‘It doesn’t matter’ they needed a female TSA agent there to go through at all,” said Winning.

The TSA said Winning had plenty of warning to get through the security checkpoint.

Winning said she watched her flight leave and figured out another way to get home.

“I rented a car, a one-way car, from Rock Springs to Denver, 6-hour drive, $165, and I drove home,” said Winning.

TSA said in a written statement, “In this instance, SkyWest made final boarding announcements and notified TSA that no additional passengers would be accepted. In addition, a TSA officer also made two public announcements asking any remaining passengers to report to the security checkpoint for screening. After the both the flight and checkpoint were closed a female passenger requested screening.”

Rock Springs/Sweetwater County Airport is a category 4 airport, that’s the smallest size commercial operation.

A United Airlines spokesman said passengers at small airports need to plan on being all the way through security at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure because they’re trying to keep all flights on time.

Comments (10)
  1. htppird says:

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  2. Bob says:

    The title to this article is terribly inflammatory, and meant to get people upset, for truly no reason. Isn’t there any real news to cover?

    It’s easy to point a finger at TSA, and I’m the last person to defend them, but this wasn’t their fault. It was her fault for not going through security when she was given plenty of opportunities to do so. Why should a TSA agent be expected to stay after the final boarding call, when no other passengers are expected, just so she can stroll in at the last second and expect to get through?

    1. WowBob says:

      why should it matter? unless you are accusing this woman of being a terrorist. she could have easily been screened by the men and made her flight.

  3. Jonathon Bowman says:

    I feel safe knowing the TSA prevents potential terrorists like Ms. Winning from boarding airplanes. So we give up some of our freedoms and liberties. We’re safe, right?

  4. CRusso says:

    SO she ignored 3 final calls and the airline said no more passengers were coming through. Then she’s going to complain that she was forced to miss her flight! No, she missed her flight due to her own sense of entitlement that they’d wait for her. Too bad, so sad, get another flight. This was her own fault. If the flight was that importan she should have been waiting in the departure area. Late flights can leave at any time as I’m sure she was told.

  5. Doc_Rabies says:

    Sigh….sorry but….stuff like this tells me: The Terrorists have WON”!! We are a shadow of our former selves here in AmeriKa…and I fear where we are going.

  6. Jack says:

    If she did need the pat down, she wouldn’t have been able to get it. Therefore, she wouldn’t have completed the screening process and TSA would have likely fined her $11,000. It’s a joke, but it’s a no-win situation for her.

    1. Nate says:

      It’s one of the few times that Winning is losing.

  7. Elizabeth Conley says:

    Security theater must take a back seat to the U.S. Economy and the Bill of Rights.

    Recreational pawing at this woman’s body is not more important than her right to travel and to contract for services without government interference.

    We cannot allow it to become generally assumed that the TSA dog and pony show is a pre-requisite for air travel. If the TSA is able and willing to perform, then let them perform – SATISFACTORILY. If they’re falling down on the job, so what? The TSA’s failure to perform should NEVER hold up a traveler or impede commerce.

  8. wygent says:

    TSA is a sorry, balled up organization that needs to go away, but this woman has no sympathy coming. She was the one who failed to get in line in time to make her flight. Sorry, babe, you sc$#@%d yourself.

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