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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 : 10:05 a.m.

Cancer survivors say TSA screenings humiliated them

By Juliana Keeping


In this Nov. 17 file photo, a Transportation Security Administration agent performs an enhanced pat-down on a traveler at a security area at Denver International Airport in Denver.

AP Photo | The Denver Post, Craig F. Walker

Outrage over TSA screenings has reached a fever pitch — at least in the media.

A number of cancer survivors are speaking out, saying TSA screeners humiliated them.

New this month, individuals who refuse a body scan that uses advanced imaging technology to see through clothing are subject to a more aggressive pat-down.

A Lansing man who survived bladder cancer said a TSA pat-down at Detroit Metro left him covered in his own urine, humiliated.

Thomas D. Sawyer, of Lansing, wears a urostomy bag as a result of cancer treatment. That bag broke during the screening, the Associated Press reported. According to the AP, the screeners did not apologize, and he plans to file a formal complaint.

A woman who survived breast cancer said she was humiliated when a TSA screener asked to see her prosthetic breast.

Cathy Bossi, a flight attendant from the Charlotte, North Carolina area, said the experience was horrific.

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Juliana Keeping is a health and environment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2528. Follow Juliana Keeping on Twitter



Sat, Feb 19, 2011 : 10:59 p.m.

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