US /

TSA Pat-Down Soaks Man in Own Urine

Searcher broke seal on urostomy bag during pat-down
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2010 8:05 AM CST
TSA Pat-Down Soaks Man in Own Urine
In this Jan. 4 2010 file photo, TSA officer Robert Howard signals a passenger at a security check at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file)

The TSA's taken a PR beating lately, and this won't help: A bladder cancer survivor is claiming that a pat-down left him soaked in his own urine, reports MSNBC. Thomas Sawyer wears a urostomy bag sealed to his stomach to collect his urine; he says that TSA officials in Orlando inadvertently broke the seal during a pat-down, leaving him humiliated and soaked.

"I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me," Sawyer says. "Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants. They never apologized. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark. I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions." (More TSA stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.