Rep. Takes 12-Hour Boat Ride After Refusing TSA Search
Breast cancer survivor Sharon Cissna balks at airport pat-down
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 1:13 AM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2011 6:52 AM CST
A passenger undergoes a TSA pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – An Alaskan state lawmaker opted to spend 12 hours on a ferry home instead of submitting to what she described as an "invasive" TSA search at a Seattle airport. Sharon Cissna, a Democrat, says she was told she would have to be patted down after a body scan displayed the scars from her breast cancer, AP reports. TSA regulations state that officers "will need to see and touch your prosthetic device, cast, or support brace as part of the screening process."

"Facing the agent I began to remember what my husband and I'd decided after the previous intensive physical search. That I never had to submit to that horror again!" Cissna said. "It would be difficult, we agreed, but I had the choice to say no, this twisted policy did not have to be the price of flying to Juneau."

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Feb 22, 2011 12:39 PM CST
How's this for real, JackNelsonSteward? The TSA regularly FAILS their own tests. In fact, they failed a round of tests in December, 2010 so badly that the results were classified. See the story here; In light of what this news report says, I think what we're seeing is 'Security Theater', a show that we're putting on to deter any terrorists from trying to fly in the US. Its a shame that rampant paranoia has become a part of the process, but it has. Taking away fingernail clippers is idiotic. Any man that can take over an airplane using just fingernail clippers probably doesn't need them. I can think of at least two ways to kill a person using my eyeglasses but nobody even looks at them...
Feb 22, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Good then don't fly and stop bitching. I don't want you terrorists lighting off your boob-bombs in my mutha fuckin plane.
Feb 22, 2011 9:16 AM CST
Lightning strikes are a greater hazard to Americans than terrorists by a factor of 100. What is the TSA doing to prevent lightning strikes? NOTHING!