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'Urine Bag Flier' Pissed Again Over Pat Down

Cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer nearly drenched again in search
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2011 3:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yet another complaint has been filed by a cancer-survivor flier who has already received one apology from the TSA after a rough airport search left him drenched in his own pee from a urine collection bag he must wear. Thomas Sawyer says he nearly suffered the same humiliation before his latest flight out of Detroit when a guard squeezed his urine bag a number of times during a pat down. “Before I could even get out the words, ‘I want this done privately,’ the agent began patting me down in public,” said Sawyer. “I said ‘Whoa! I have a medical condition.’ He said, ‘I know,’ and continued.”

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Passengers have a right to be searched in private. Sawyer has filed another complaint with the TSA, even though this time the seal on his urostomy bag didn't break. “We are reviewing the circumstances surrounding this passenger’s screening to determine if the proper procedures were followed,” an agency spokesman told MSNBC. (Read more Thomas Sawyer stories.)

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