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

(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.)

Cathy Bossi.
Cathy Bossi.   (YouTube screenshot)
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