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Cancer Survivor Forced to Remove Breast in Pat-Down
'You'll need to show me that,' says TSA agent
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2010 5:08 AM CST
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(Newser) – A cancer surviving flight attendant was recently forced to remove her prosthetic breast during an airport pat-down, the veteran flier has revealed. Cathy Bossi, who worries about the cancer risks of excess radiation, reluctantly went through a body scanner before boarding a flight at the Charlotte Douglas International airport for a shift in August. She was then taken for unknown reasons into a private room and subjected to what she called an "aggressive pat down."

The agent "put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?' I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'." An angry Bossi was forced to remove the breast and show it to the security agent. "There are dogs out there that can sniff out bombs," she told WBTV. "There's no reason to have somebody's hands touching your body parts." The TSA is investigating. (Click here for another story of a pat-down gone wrong.)

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Nov 22, 2010 6:36 PM CST
She couldn't have been too embarrassed she in a story that give her full name, and the fact that she had breast cancer, Come on people the first time a plane is blown out of the sky, everybody will blame the TSA. I Bet you would feel fine if they only screened people of a darker complexion, it's the same every body but me tactic, It's simple if you don't want to be screened don't fly. Just remember Richard Reed, Jose P, and the underwear bomber 3 different shades of terrorist.
Nov 22, 2010 12:51 PM CST
Rules are rules but they were not written in Titanium. Pat Downs are a must for everybodys safety, but why be so damn strict in cases like this? Don't these agents get some training in who is a must and who is not?
Nov 22, 2010 11:13 AM CST
I have an idea. You can argue the pros and cons all you like and accuse people of being 'sheep' or whatever. At the end of the day - if you don't like the security, then don't fly.