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TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine

November 21, 2010
Harriet Baskas

‘I was absolutely humiliated,’ said bladder cancer survivor

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach.  “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”

Sawyer wears pants two sizes too large in order to accommodate the medical equipment he wears. He’d taken off his belt to go through the scanner and once in the office with security personnel, his pants fell down around his ankles. “I had to ask twice if it was OK to pull up my shorts,” said Sawyer, “And every time I tried to tell them about my medical condition, they said they didn’t need to know about that.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

4 Comments leave one →
  1. marlio permalink
    November 22, 2010 11:31 pm

    I wonder what that educational level is of the average TSA agent??? Look at the person who is going to be head of it now….a little zanay huh??? I dont plan to fly AGAIN until we get some decent people in charge, who have common sense, intelligence and integrity. I certainly wont be going through any radioactive scanner that would probably damage your dna or sexual organs, if you were in your productive years. Perhaps thats what the government wants, to damage your eggs, so you cant have children, thus reducing the population for the sick people in control, who think they are intelligent and elite….What a laugh.

  2. Rwolf permalink
    November 21, 2010 12:25 pm

    I spilled my morning coffee when I read this story. The elderly Pat-Down Victim importantly 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,” said Sawyer.

    It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America.
    Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Tax Payers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most America’s airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points.

    Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numbers times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. Then another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. In Northern Ireland, Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not get to a political meeting or event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers to trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

  3. OthugoisaLOSER1 permalink
    November 21, 2010 12:18 pm

    THERE will be RIOTS because of this POLICY…..
    There might Even be deaths at a major US AIR PORT because of this……
    I now believe THE SOLE RESPONSIBILTY FOR ANY DEATHS NOW BELONGS TOTALLY to the TSA and OTHUGO for allowing this travesty of a known policy DISCONNECT

  4. November 21, 2010 10:00 am

    Does the Obama regime’s decision to begin regimenting America and habituating it to fascism by using the TSA to force people to accept child molestation by government bureaucrats require 2nd Amendment remedies?

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