TSA outrage

I read this article in the UK’s Daily Mail and I just couldn’t believe that this is being allowed in our country.  I can understand the need for security but some common sense needs to prevail.

THE INCIDENTS FUELLING THE OUTCRY

A flight attendant and cancer survivor revealed her horror at being forced to show her prosthetic breast to a security agent during a pat-down at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Cathy Bossi said two female Charlotte TSA agents subjected her to what Ms Bossi described as an aggressive pat down.

She said they stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast – the one she had lost through her illness.

She was then apparently asked to remove the prosthetic breast from her bra and show it to the TSA agents.

‘There are blowers and there are dogs out there that can sniff out bombs’, she said. ‘There’s no reason to have somebody’s hands touching your body parts.’

Another woman is also comparing her experience at Lambert Airport in St. Louis to being sexually assaulted.

Penny Moroney was flying home to Chicago when while going through security, the metal in her artificial knees set off the detectors.

She had to undergo more screening because of the alarm going off and when Ms Moroney asked if she could go through a body scanner she was told none were available.

The only alternative offered to Ms Moroney was a pat-down which she said she found a horrific experience.

‘Her gloved hands touched my breasts… went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin… then put her hands up on the outside of my slacks, and patted my genitals’, Ms Moroney explained.

Patdown search: Mandy Simon

 ‘I was shaking and crying when I left that room. Under any other circumstance, if a person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.’

And in a third incident security footage showed three-year-old Mandy Simon sobbing and pleading with staff to ‘Stop touching me’ as she searched in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

She had become upset after her teddy bear was put through an X-ray machine.

Bladder cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer, 61, was left ‘humiliated’ after a pat-down search burst his urostomy bag leaving him covered in his own urine.

He said: ‘I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions.’

The incident occurred on November 7 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Mr Sawyer claims staff ignored his pleas about the bag.

However at San Diego Airport on Friday, Samuel Wolanyk stripped down to his underwear rather than walk through a body imaging machine.

He refused to put his clothes back and was arrested for not allowing security officials to search him

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1332469/TSA-chiefs-plea-protesters-plan-boycott-body-scans-holiday-rush.html#ixzz16D018SUx

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