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Elizabeth Smart Reveals Sexual Assault on Delta Flight

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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart revealed she was sexually assaulted during a domestic flight last year.

According to CBSNews.com, Smart was on a Delta Air Lines flight in the summer of 2019 when she fell asleep and woke up to find the man sitting next to her rubbing between her legs and inner thigh.

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As the Utah-bound flight continued, Smart woke up quickly and the man pulled his hand away, not saying a word to his victim and pretending it didn’t happen. Smart said she “froze” and kept saying to herself, “You’re Elizabeth Smart. You should know what to do.”

“I had been asleep and all of a sudden I woke up because I felt someone’s hand rubbing in between my legs on my inner thigh,” Smart said. “The last time someone touched me without my say-so was when I was kidnapped. And I froze. I didn’t know what to do. And I speak to other women about this.”

Smart said she informed Delta about the incident when she filed a complaint later, and the carrier said it was “appalled” by the attack. The airline helped identify the suspect to authorities and is currently working with the FBI on the investigation.

As a result of the scary attack on the Delta flight, and her previous kidnapping ordeal in 2002, Smart has launched “Smart Defense,” a program to teach women and girls the skills and confidence needed to protect themselves in similar situations.

In December, Frontier Airlines was served with a federal class-action lawsuit in Colorado after the carrier was accused of failing to “prevent, report and respond to sexual assaults.”

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TSA Bans TikTok Videos From Agency Social Media Accounts

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Sunday employees would no longer be permitted to use TikTok to post on behalf of the agency’s social media accounts.

According to the New York Post, the decision to ban the use of the Chinese owned video-sharing app comes after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer voiced concerns about potential national security issues.

TSA officials said several employees who managed the agency’s social media accounts had used the TikTok platform to create videos that were shared with followers, but the agency has told its staff they are no longer allowed to use the video-sharing app on TSA accounts.

While the TSA never had a TikTok account or posted content directly to the platform, the federal agency’s employees posted videos on TSA social media accounts that featured the social media platform’s logo in the corner.

Senator Schumer began advocating for the agency to stop using TikTok after he called on intelligence officials to investigate the platform to protect national security. He followed up his comments with a letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Saturday, which sparked the ban.

When asked about the decision, Schumer defended his position and cited a Department of Homeland Security rule prohibiting TikTok on agency devices. The Department of Defense and the State Department have also banned employees from posting on the social media platform.

“Given the widely reported threats, the already-in-place agency bans, and the existing concerns posed by TikTok, the feds cannot continue to allow the TSA’s use of the platform to fly,” Schumer said in a statement.

“These videos sure do make you chuckle; they’re creative,” the senator continued. “But China might be laughing at these TSA postings for very different reasons, and that should concern us and it’s why I am urging the TSA to find a different platform, and cease its use of TikTok now.”

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