Breast Cancer Survivors Slam TSA Over “Humiliating” Pat Downs
In case after case, agency is subjecting cancer survivors to horrific public embarrassment
Oct 9, 2012
Breast cancer survivor Marcia Deitrick has described a recent experience at the hands of the TSA as “humiliating”, and has called for screeners to be properly trained to accommodate millions of others like her.
Deitrick, who underwent bilateral mastectomies in 2007, told reporters that screeners at Kansas City International Airport took issue with her body scars after she passed through a body scanner.
One screener radioed a superior to report “an anomaly,” before asking Deitrick, who has silicone breast implants and 20 inches of scar tissue from chemotherapy, if she was wearing something on her chest.
“Then she ran the backs of her hands around my breasts in full view of everybody,” Deitrick told KCTV 5 news in an interview. “She was nice, she was polite. But she didn’t ask me if I wanted a private screening.”
“I actually stood there thinking these people probably think I’m doing something wrong, that either there’s something wrong with my body or I’ve done something wrong,” Deitrick said.
“I do not want somebody touching me,” Deitrick added, noting that the TSA conducting pat downs on people who have endured such procedures “adds insult to injury”.