TSA pat-down leaves bladder cancer survivor covered in urine

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Courtesy Thomas Sawyer Thomas Sawyer, 61, said he was left "humiliated" and covered in urine after undergoing a TSA pat-down.

A retired special ed teacher, a bladder cancer survivor, who wears a urostomy bag, was utterly humiliated and broke down in tears, because he ended up soaked in his own urine after suffering through a traumatic TSA pat-down.

The bag collects his urine via an opening in his stomach.

This is what it's come to. This is why you hear rumblings of the terrorists having won the idiotically named War on Terror(ism):

I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich. [...]  "If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”

Of course, it goes without saying that the TSA team was polite, compassionate, sensitive, and apologetic for any inconvenience or embarrassment they caused:

Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer.

After that, Sawyer convinced them-- yes, he had to convince them-- to take him into a private office. Wasn't that compassionate, sensitive, and apologetic of them?

Because he wears pants two sizes too large (due to his medical equipment), once he took off his belt, his pants fell right down around his ankles.

And naturally, once the agents realized his distressing predicament and how self-conscious Sawyer must have felt, they treated him with the respect he deserved and handled the matter more delicately:

I had to ask twice if it was OK to pull up my shorts,” said Sawyer, “And every time I tried to tell them about my medical condition, they said they didn’t need to know about that.” [...]

“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”  [...] They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

So a very wet, very mortified, and very appalled Sawyer had to schlep through the airport soaked in his own urine, and remain that way until after the plane was in the air, at which time he could finally get inside a cramped bathroom to wash up.

If instilling a feeling of security and patriotism is important to the powers that be, it might be wise to consider the fact that Americans have feelings, and they also have medical conditions that don't always fit neatly into the TSA's feel-up-your-neighbor methods.

Some of us need more attention and care than others. And some of us may even begin to retaliate publicly and at the  polls.

"[I]f this country is going to sacrifice treating people like human beings in the name of safety, then we have already lost the war.”

Not to mention lost our dignity.

H/t: TexBetsy

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  • http://northierthanthou.com/ Daniel Wall

    damned awful.

  • Logic

    Some of us actually leave the country....... and no there is not a road that spans the Atlantic Ocean. So yes 747 is not an OPTION.

  • Anonymous

    Here are some simple solutions that will actually make air travel safer, unlike the security theater employed on the ground:

    1. Lock the cockpit door during the flight. If the terrorists can't get into the cockpit, they can't overpower the flight crew.

    2. Stick an armed undercover air marshal on all of the flights, or on some flights that are selected at random. Barring that...

    3. Offer discounted airfare to expert martial artists who are willing to remain alert for the duration of the flight.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to reply to Fiscalfizz too, but then when I scrolled down and saw your reply, I saw that you put it much better than I would have.

  • LMAO

    Promise, promise me you won't come back please.

  • Democrat

    Shut your fucking whore mouth, Republican.

  • Fiscalfizz

    Flying in a metal box at high speeds a mile above the surface of the Earth is an OPTION of travel. Some might also say it is a privilege to be able to use this option of transportation. We all know how stupid the TSA is and the invasive patdowns that are currently taking place. So guess what, if you don't agree with the TSA's methods. Hop in your automobile, and drive on the roads/highways that your tax money was used to build.

    No one is forcing anyone to fly on a 747! As Americans, we often confuse privileges for rights. In a week, if a 747 with 300 + Americans was blown out of the sky due to a bomb brought onboard, would everyone still be bitching about having their junk groped for 10 seconds? ITS FOR YOUR SAFETY.

  • Anon

    Are we really gonna pull the race card here? Yeah, colored people had it bad. But I doubt race really matter here. The TSA is violating everyone so shouldn't we all stick together and fight it, not just complaining and saying you've got it worse? We all hate the TSA. Leave it at that.

  • Anon

    Are we really gonna pull the race card here? Yeah, colored people had it bad. But I doubt race really matter here. The TSA is violating everyone so shouldn't we all stick together and fight it, not just complaining and saying you've got it worse? We all hate the TSA. Leave it at that.

  • Anon

    Are we really gonna pull the race card here? Yeah, colored people had it bad. But I doubt race really matter here. The TSA is violating everyone so shouldn't we all stick together and fight it, not just complaining and saying you've got it worse? We all hate the TSA. Leave it at that.

  • Banevice

    Clearly racist comments = ok
    Calling someone a moron = OMG U GET DELETED

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    If you got deleted, it means someone marked you down or you were uncivil.

    This comment is fine, so it should remain up.

  • M.Dunn

    M.Dunn didn't reply because the website wouldn't let me. Apparently, you get banned for posting stuff that makes sense around here. J. Thompson is rattling off about a larger problem here but fails to mention what that problem is. You all are literally taking 1 in a million examples and blowing them out of proportion. And you're using these examples to "horrify" (thompson's words not mine) others. Why not educate people on why these rules are in place instead of trying to horrify people with rare instances.

    And if you really feel that you losing your freedom, privacy, and constitutional rights why are you still flying?

    Also, if it really is such a widespread problem how come the vast majority of the flying public doesn't have a problem with it? We all saw how successful national opt-out day was, lol.

  • Rippelra

    And now all of those that complained about racial prejudice are now practicing it?

  • M.Dunn

    The part of my opinion that i won't change is the part that the TSA is an inherently evil organization when I have gone through all the training and seen how much time and effort they put into making sure we do our jobs right. I can say that these officers did not do their job right and should be reprimanded but I also feel that it is an isolated incident and all officers of the TSA should not be judged because of it.

  • Thanks for being a cun + t.

    Wow, GottaLaff. You are such an arrogant piece of shit. It is simply appalling. You ask someone if it's "simple enough" for them to understand and then call them "Mr. Scholarly" while telling them that baiting remarks are not allowed. Hypocrite. Needless to say, I won't be returning to this site. kbye

  • Googoofortatas

    I thought you were associated with law enforcement of some kind. The way you immediately sided with the agency and showed zero compassion for a 61 year old citizen being treated so horribly was a glaring tell. As a so called good officer, you should be screaming the loudest for these violators to be removed from their positions and charged with violating the constitutional rights of a citizen. Instead, you openly state that your mind is made up already and that no amount of evidence of malfeasense by authority will change it ("You cannot possibly change my mind because I've actually done the jobs with the actual officers."). I imagine that rather than one of the good officers you are instead part of whatever "thin blue line" exists in the agency you work for and would rather protect your fellow officers than the general population you are paid to protect.

  • guest

    well, when the shoe fits.

  • Lols

    M.Dunn can't think of a response because it's true.

  • Nv6r_jwg

    Please, bring it up if you are harassed. However, to bring up that you have been harassed in the past is only trying to "one-up" and negate what has happened to another. I care very much when anybody is subjected to harassment; I don't care what the color of their skin is. It is not going to help anything when you have people trying to "one-up".
    Plus, these are just generalized statements of racial-persecution. If you are going to just base these statements on racial makeup, then you are not going to get any sympathy from me. If you elaborate on something specific that has happened to you, then, yes, I would be angry. I see all people as individuals. I always see race as secondary, and, then, there are way more factors to consider other than even race when respecting a person.

    If you have been harassed bring it up at a time that it is being discussed and when it is related to the type that has taken place. The comments that have been made are nothing more than an attempt to try to needle people. What nobody has even mentioned: Once these TSA officers get used to these power-trips, then it is going to be even worse for people of different ethnic backgrounds. If white people are getting treated like this, then imagine what it is going to be like for people of color. Do I think it is right? No, I don't. Do I think that it is going to get worse? Yes, I do; because we are going to get people into the TSA that are going to have this sense of omnipotence, since they know they have a "License to Harass" from the U.S. government!

    I don't know, I guess that I view things a lot different from other whites. There is one thing I do get annoyed by from anyone: You should never minimize or try to one-up what happens to somebody else, just because you have had something happen to you; this is going to do nothing but breed hate. I believe in justice and fairness for all, period! This is not an "ally test", but rather, a statement of people not caring what happens to another. If it were you, Brittina, that was subjected to one of these "exercises in fondling", at the hands of the TSA, then I would feel just as outraged. If you would have carefully read and comprehended what I had written, then you would know where I stand! I don't care who is getting harassed, I won't stand for it. This is how I was raised, and I have also instilled these values into my children. The hate needs to stop somewhere; and to keep reminding people of the hate, is doing nothing but fanning the flames.

    One last thing: I look white, but I am 1/2 Native American, African American, and Scottish. (I identify myself as white, but have been exposed to all of my racial makeup). The Native American side of my heritage was nearly wiped out; should I talk about that at every opportunity? This is far worse than what has ever happened to other cultures in the U.S., but does it make it more important than what has happened to other races? No, it doesn't! Look at how many Native Americans that there are in the U.S. versus other minorities; it's not even a 10th of how many African Americans that there are. Do you know why? Because they were slaughter by the 100s of thousands. Every part of my racial makeup has been persecuted at some point in history; I should be one pi**ed off SOB, but I know when and where the right time is to talk about it; the thread off from this subject is not the time or place to bring up the oppression that has occurred throughout my family, or my ancestors!

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    First, if you refuse to let them pat you down, you get in TROUBLE. Is that
    simple enough for you?

    By the way, offensive or baiting remarks in Comments get you deleted. You
    might try reading our guidelines. Got that, Mr. "Scholarly"? lol.

  • M.Dunn

    If you refuse what? TSA never asked for the shirt to be removed so what could they refuse? You're a real scholarly one, lol.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Because, if you read and watch TV, you know that if you refuse, you will be
    arrested or otherwise detained.

    I guess you really like this method, huh? We're done now. That's whay kbye
    meant.

  • M.Dunn

    How did they force him? The father removed the shirt out of frustrations. Where's your evidence that the TSA even asked him to remove the shirt?

  • M.Dunn

    How did they force him? The father removed the shirt out of frustrations. Where's your evidence that the TSA even asked him to remove the shirt?

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They did. They forced the kid to remove his clothing. Kbye.

  • M.Dunn

    The title implies that the TSA stripped searched someone meaning that they forced someone to remove their clothes as part of the search process; quite misleading.

  • andrushka

    Also the doctore strongly advise that people recovering from cancer should AVOID going trough these powerful scanners.

  • andrushka

    How far in wickedness will the Totally Stupid Agency and its personnel be ready to go? This is insane. One more reason why I wont got back to the United States, even for a visit.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They still did search him. The difference? His dad removed his shirt...

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They still did search him. The difference? His dad removed his shirt...

  • M.Dunn

    And yet the title is still that the TSA strip searches young boy. Really responsible reporting, lol.

  • M.Dunn

    And yet the title is still that the TSA strip searches young boy. Really responsible reporting, lol.

  • DS

    This makes me incredibly disgusted partly because i am reminded of my cousin. She had something similar when she was 12-15 due to cancer. I wonder how they would have treated her.

  • Lazeedon

    In reference to hiring some intellegent people to perform interviews such as th Israel people do, we are spending a billion dollars on a stupid war in Afghanastan, the war on terror, why not spend some of that money and do an inetllegent job at our airports?

  • Alicia

    I AM BEYOND PISSED OFF. How dare our government do this to us. What is happening to this country.
    They did not even ask the American people about this. They did not see if it was constitutional.

    IT IS A POLICE STATE.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Thank you! I'll update.

  • http://twitter.com/ergocentricity Jaye Thompson

    I've written all of my representation: local, state, and federal.

    The horror stories are just that: horrible examples (symptoms) of a larger problem. We use these examples to convince those among us who aren't horrified simply at the loss of freedom, privacy, and Constitutionally guaranteed rights.

    "Don't think losing your Fourth (First, Second, Fifth) Amendment rights are a big deal? How do you feel about a government employee sexually assaulting a rape survivor? Humiliating a cancer survivor (after possibly exposing him to a dose of radiation)? Thoroughly patting down a child?"

    They are examples used to motive those who previously didn't understand what the loss of those rights meant in a larger, more general sense. I hope this helps you understand why we're talking about it.

  • cut the cheese

    Here's an idea to rebel with.
    For all those lactose intolerant folks out there, eat and drink all the dariy products you can a half an hour before you need to go through the TSA screening area.
    Let her blow...right in the face of those who are invasively patting you down.
    Best to make sure their face is right by your butt at the time of delivery.

  • http://twitter.com/ablackgirl Bettina Judd

    So the answer is: People of color, yeah you get harassed but please don't bring it up to remind white people of the fact that their outrage over what is "new" to them has never been new to POC because its divisive and "unAmerican."

    ...wrong answer on the "How to be a good ally" test.

  • Waka

    In this generation there is no 4th Amendment

  • Nv6r_jwg

    I understand what you are saying. However, the manner in which you are doing it is not going to be taken very well. Just because you have obviously been subjected to profiling and improper treatment, doesn't give you the right to make a mockery of this whole situation; and, I take your comments as taunting and rather childish in nature. You are doing your own "profiling" by thinking that all whites are the same!

    I am made up of many different races, but look white, so I have not been subjected to this kind of treatment. However, I have family members that have; so, yes, I understand it very well. Also, being a student of sociology, anthropology, and psychology, I understand it from this prospective, too. You should understand that once we let the government subject anybody (white, black, or who the hell ever) to this kind of treatment, then we are letting them have too much power.

    I am not trying to minimize what happens to persons of color; this is not right and should not continue. However, to minimize what is happening to all "Americans" should not be minimized, either! Try being an American once in a while and not just a person of color! Sorry, but you are pulling out the race-card and using this forum for your agendas!

  • Tnycaps8

    between this and the story about the poor breast cancer survivor being forced to remove her breast prosthetic this is getting out of hand. I understand we shouldn't "profile pat downs and searches"..... but this is getting stupid. time to stop caring about feeling and profile searches/pat-downs. last time I check it was foreigners who attacked us on 9/11 not a sickly ex teacher or recovering cancer patient. common sense please people. while you wasted time searching grandma and grandpa cause they had a triple bypass. 2 terror cells can slip thou.

  • Tnycaps8

    between this and the story about the poor breast cancer survivor being forced to remove her breast prosthetic this is getting out of hand. I understand we shouldn't "profile pat downs and searches"..... but this is getting stupid. time to stop caring about feeling and profile searches/pat-downs. last time I check it was foreigners who attacked us on 9/11 not a sickly ex teacher or recovering cancer patient. common sense please people. while you wasted time searching grandma and grandpa cause they had a triple bypass. 2 terror cells can slip thou.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff
  • M.Dunn

    You're telling us that you saw the TSA ask a young kid to strip in a public checkpoint? Can you please provide a link?

  • M.Dunn

    You're telling us that you saw the TSA ask a young kid to strip in a public checkpoint? Can you please provide a link?

  • M.Dunn

    I've flown my whole life and this has not happened to me. I have been unfairly profiled by police officers though, but you don't see me calling them all assholes. I don't let actions of a few dictate my world view.

    I've been on the other side of this argument and I've done my job well. I've worked with hundreds of other officers who've done their jobs well. So you're not gonna tell me that we're all assholes who don't know what we're doing. You cannot possibly change my mind because I've actually done the jobs with the actual officers. I've sat in the classes and got the training and can say that these officers did their job incorrectly and not in accordance with with the TSA's Standard Operating Procedure. But, I won't judge a whole agency because a few people didn't do their job correctly.

    And for all the talk of putting yourself in someone else's shoes you don't seem to be doing much of that. TSOs are doing the job that your elected officials created the agency to do. How many letter have you written to your senator?

    I'm not excusing these officer's actions by any means I'm just letting you know that you all are judging an organization by a few passenger compared to the millions that fly. So, put yourself in the officer's shoes who you're disrespecting when the majority of us are just doing our job.

  • M.Dunn

    I've flown my whole life and this has not happened to me. I have been unfairly profiled by police officers though, but you don't see me calling them all assholes. I don't let actions of a few dictate my world view.

    I've been on the other side of this argument and I've done my job well. I've worked with hundreds of other officers who've done their jobs well. So you're not gonna tell me that we're all assholes who don't know what we're doing. You cannot possibly change my mind because I've actually done the jobs with the actual officers. I've sat in the classes and got the training and can say that these officers did their job incorrectly and not in accordance with with the TSA's Standard Operating Procedure. But, I won't judge a whole agency because a few people didn't do their job correctly.

    And for all the talk of putting yourself in someone else's shoes you don't seem to be doing much of that. TSOs are doing the job that your elected officials created the agency to do. How many letter have you written to your senator?

    I'm not excusing these officer's actions by any means I'm just letting you know that you all are judging an organization by a few passenger compared to the millions that fly. So, put yourself in the officer's shoes who you're disrespecting when the majority of us are just doing our job.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff
  • PissedOff

    I just saw video of a TSA agent strip searching a little boy who looked to be about 4 or 5 in front of everyone. What in the heck is going on? These people are wackos.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    This is a warning, Horatio. We don't call each other names in Comments here. Read our guidelines. Next time, you get deleted.

  • Guest

    I'm not saying untrained agents traumatizing innocent travelers is desirable at all. Or being able to see strangers naked is a good thing. I just find it curious that now that white people are inconvenienced by heightened security efforts from the War on Terror, its an outrage! Please, regurgitate what all the pundits say at me and use name calling since thats all your argument relies on.

  • http://twitter.com/revaidgnarl Mike Langford

    Truthfully, the agents involved should be fired if they're found to have acted in the manner in which Sawyer is describing. As an aside, I hope Sawyer enjoys cruises because he'll no doubt get a nice, fat settlement for all this, ensuring he'll be able to spend an awful lot of time travelling...just not by plane.

  • Rwolf

    It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America. Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Taxpayers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most American airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points. TSA’s mistreatment, humiliation and general abrasive handling of Americans at airports, may be a portent to Americans (next) getting a Boot in their face if they refuse to be stripped searched or x-rayed before boarding—any form of public transportation.

    Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numerous times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. In the interim another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers, boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

  • Rwolf

    It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America. Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Taxpayers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most American airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points. TSA’s mistreatment, humiliation and general abrasive handling of Americans at airports, may be a portent to Americans (next) getting a Boot in their face if they refuse to be stripped searched or x-rayed before boarding—any form of public transportation.

    Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numerous times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. In the interim another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers, boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

  • Rwolf

    It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America. Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Taxpayers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most American airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points. TSA’s mistreatment, humiliation and general abrasive handling of Americans at airports, may be a portent to Americans (next) getting a Boot in their face if they refuse to be stripped searched or x-rayed before boarding—any form of public transportation.

    Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numerous times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. In the interim another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers, boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

  • Rwolf

    It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America. Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Taxpayers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most American airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points. TSA’s mistreatment, humiliation and general abrasive handling of Americans at airports, may be a portent to Americans (next) getting a Boot in their face if they refuse to be stripped searched or x-rayed before boarding—any form of public transportation.

    Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numerous times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. In the interim another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers, boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

  • http://twitter.com/bellesouth bellesouth

    Don't forget the woman who was forced to drink her own breast milk a few years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/bellesouth bellesouth

    Don't forget the woman who was forced to drink her own breast milk a few years ago.

  • Anonymous

    Just refuse anything beyond the wand.

    This is absolutely incredulous.

  • Horatio

    Yeah! You know, we should just round up all the white people and make them indentured servants to the government and the rest of the minorities! That will definitely help us move our country in the right direction.

    You are both morons. Get over yourself and get a clue. Join the human race. We need a unified front. My god, I can't believe you idiots.

  • Anonymous

    Americans should not have to submit, to what amounts to sexual assualt, in order to board a plane.

    Yeah! We have already lost the "war on terror." We're so damned terrifed...... we will allow this????

    Just don't fly. Empty airports will certainly be safe.

  • Gholmes1936

    No, the devices are just plastic bags, with adhesive to make them stick to the body.

    George with a Urostomy pouch.

  • Gholmes1936

    No, the devices are just plastic bags, with adhesive to make them stick to the body.

    George with a Urostomy pouch.

  • gholmes1936

    This really sux! I hope that this doesn't happen to me the next time I fly. It very well could as I have the same apparatus.

  • gholmes1936

    This really sux! I hope that this doesn't happen to me the next time I fly. It very well could as I have the same apparatus.

  • Guest

    Right on. It's about time that white people experience what us non-white people have been experiencing our whole lives.

  • Pissed Off Passenger

    My mother is in a wheel chair, and when she was recently "hand screened", the woman checking her put her hand INSIDE AND DOWN the back of my mother's pants. I wish more people would insist that the police be called immediately, and file assault charges against these agents. Yes, they have a job to do, and it does NOT include molesting and assaulting passengers.

  • Pissed Off Passenger

    My mother is in a wheel chair, and when she was recently "hand screened", the woman checking her put her hand INSIDE AND DOWN the back of my mother's pants. I wish more people would insist that the police be called immediately, and file assault charges against these agents. Yes, they have a job to do, and it does NOT include molesting and assaulting passengers.

  • http://twitter.com/catdumpling Cat MacKinnon

    @MonteJ: i am too, and i rue the day that i have to fly somewhere (i hate flying and rarely do it, but i'm sure it'll happen again in the future). i don't ever want to have to explain my body to anyone unless i make that choice, and telling random TSA screeners my medical condition is certainly NOT one of those times. i flew about a year ago and was given more than a couple double-takes by some screeners, because i tend to be pretty androgynous in my clothing. the girl that checked ID and tickets gave me a hard time, although the screener that looked through my backpack and my "TSA-regulation ziploc baggie" (which i'd very carefully packed after reading the rules about a dozen times), was a very nice older lady who actually made the comment that we used the same kind of makeup and asked me how i liked my brand of eyeliner, all of which kinda made my day for some reason.

    anyway, i just don't feel like i (or anyone else) should even be in a position where we feel like we have to explain medical conditions to "security" lackeys, for any reason. it's none of their goddamn business! and i find it appalling that TSA obviously hasn't been properly trained in working with people that have medical appliances. it seems like "compassion", "dignity" (or basic human decency for that matter) isn't part of their training, either.

    i'm tempted to take the train next time i have to travel. it'll take a lot longer, but at least i'll be able to have spectacular views of America along the way, and more importantly, i won't feel like i've already been branded as a potential threat for no good reason.

  • Guest

    You showed him.

  • Anonymous

    This story makes me so very angry, we have a:

    T otally
    S tupid
    A gency

    Now it wants to war with it own people?
    I SAY, LET'S GIVE IT TO THEM! Damn it to hell people, we are Americans! If I thought for a second that these pat downs would work I would not be so upset, they don't ! But our government loves the cosmetic security drama. Israeli security experts have refused to install these scanners at Ben Gurion International Airport, which is widely hailed as the safest airport in the world. Rafi Sela, the former Chief Security Officer of the Israel Airport Authority, explained he could “overcome the body scanners with enough explosives to take down a Boeing 747.

    Any idiot can thwart both the x-ray strip search and the "Enhanced pat-down" the TSA agent watching the monitor can't even see your head because it is blurred out, so what is to keep a terrorist from putting explosives under a toupee or simply by internal body packing! Bomb sniffing dogs do a better job by far than groping or scanning at a thousand percent cheaper.
    People, I just went through their screening with over half a bound of cherries! Yet you can only bring so much liquid so how hard would it be to syringe out the cherries and inject explosives!
    If we continue like this where will it stop, anal cam probes?
    So what is the answer?
    Who do the terrorists hate the most?
    The Israelis.
    Who has a perfect airline security record?
    The Israelis.
    Who does no routine groping and x-ray strip searches?
    The Israelis.
    Who profiles more than anyone in the world and has the best intelligence data base?
    The Israelis.
    Fire Ms. Napolitano and hire Israeli Mossad to manage our airport security.

  • Logic

    Amen, brotha.

  • http://twitter.com/SeniorShizzle Estéban Valle

    If they denied him the right to a private screening he has a legal basis for a suit. Under the United States Homeland Security Act he is entitled to a private screening if he requests it. They denied someone of his rights twice that day, and at least the one is grounds for a HUGE lawsuit...

  • http://twitter.com/SeniorShizzle Estéban Valle

    If they denied him the right to a private screening he has a legal basis for a suit. Under the United States Homeland Security Act he is entitled to a private screening if he requests it. They denied someone of his rights twice that day, and at least the one is grounds for a HUGE lawsuit...

  • Kelley

    I have to comment for 2 reasons here first because I know Thomas Sawyer and secondly my husband had bladder cancer and a urostomy bag, he unfortunately is not a survivor. Bladder cancer has an 85% recurrence rate. For that reason alone I could understand why some, although not Tom, would choose not to subject their bodies to even the most minute bit of radiation.

  • Okay

    No it's not. It's called "Oh wow, some people won't show consideration to a bladder cancer survivor, so what might they do to me?"
    It's being aware that when you go through these guys you may just end up encountering these a-holes.

    I'll bet you'd have a whole different take on this if you had an experience like this. Put yourself in the guy's shoes who was HUMILIATED. How would you feel if that happened to you? What if you were a bladder cancer survivor and the same happened to you?
    "Oh it's just me, sure I look like I pissed myself, and this probably happened to no one else, so I will let this go. This is nothing. I'm sure the rest of you are hard working and doing your job correctly, so I am happy. :D I love looking like I pissed myself, it makes me a proud looking bladder cancer survivor." I DOUBT you would be like that.

  • http://twitter.com/devans00 devans00

    “[I]f this country is going to sacrifice treating people like human beings in the name of safety, then we have already lost the war.”

    Not to mention lost our dignity.

    Amen.

  • Guest

    i'd like to boohoo for all the white americans that are experiencing this. still, all the victims of previous racial profiling, who werent subject to such widespread media attention, probably went through things just as bad, if not worse. did foxnews report on the few and far between incidences when ppl of color were treated harshly? this is a logical ext of the patriot act, esp in lieu of the underwear bomber last xmas(thats right no christ ;)). be consistenst or stop complaining!

  • Debbie2008

    Boycott.

  • M.Dunn

    See, you just did it right there. You're judging thousands of hard working americans because of the actions of a few.

  • Cafeeine

    These isolated incidents are indicative of systemic faults. It is the people with problems that will test the system, not the easy ones.
    As for people thanking the officers, that doesn't imply more than common courtesy towards people doing an admittedly thankless job. It doesn't mean the people agree with the process. And if I wanted to put my tin-foil hat on, I could say that some might be trying to not piss off the people with the power to send mobile snapshots of their body scans on the internet.

  • Cafeeine

    These isolated incidents are indicative of systemic faults. It is the people with problems that will test the system, not the easy ones.
    As for people thanking the officers, that doesn't imply more than common courtesy towards people doing an admittedly thankless job. It doesn't mean the people agree with the process. And if I wanted to put my tin-foil hat on, I could say that some might be trying to not piss off the people with the power to send mobile snapshots of their body scans on the internet.

  • http://twitter.com/byepluto David Lerner

    When I get the patdown, I'm gonna moan, ask them to buy me dinner, and give them my number when they're done.

  • Nita Banks

    You may be correct about the ratio of bad stories vs. good stories. However we have civil liberties and human rights for a reason. I think people are appauled by the insensitivity of TSA agents. If they are going to insist on pat downs they need to institute a less invasive process.

  • Nita Banks

    This is the most ridiculous and distressing story that I've every read. Have we left America where people don't have basic human rights? TSA needs to re-evaluate this new pat down process!

  • Jon Luc

    Hey Tina - how long have you worked for the TSA?

  • MJL

    Tina, I was driving the other day and so Icouldn't write, Laura Ingraham had an info document from a physicist ( here is where I wish I could have been writing) who said that after a study of the types of scans, his very learned opinion is that the machines would have to deliver approximately 200 times the amount of radiation the government claims to get the clear scan that they get. I have no real idea if this is true but it does make one pause and wonder! After all,it is the government.

  • Maboyack

    The TSA has acknowledged that there will be "some" cancers triggered by their scanners but they should be very small. As a breast cancer survivor, I do not want to be the "some" they talk about. My LIFE is on the line. There is no way I will go through a scanner ever again. Ended up in one without understanding what was going on and almost freaked. I thought, "Man, am I sacrificing my life right now?" They used to say CT scans were totally safe . . . right . . .

  • M.Dunn

    Why do you all judge an entire federal organization by only the bad stories that come out? My home airport screens over 1 million people a year. So, if you read 100 of these "horror stories" a year that accounts for just .01% of the people that fly to and from Las Vegas. These are isolated incidents and you all act like they're the norm. Many passengers actually tell officers they're doing a good job and appreciate the work. No one writes stories about those passengers though.

  • Debbie2008

    Outrageous on so many levels.

    This is tearing at the very fabric of what makes us American. I believe this is a gross overreach and violates the constitution's 4th Amendment: The right of the people to be secure IN THEIR PERSONS, houses, papers, and effects against UNREASONABLE SEARCHES and seizures shall not be violated...

    Our lady liberty hangs her head in shame.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    I'm aware of those stories, some for, some anti. It's perception, so many people won't allow scans of themselves.

  • Tina

    From what I have been reading, the amount of radiation is safe even for the more frequent flyer. Here's one article:
    http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/cancer/2010-11-18-scanner-radiation_N.htm

  • Tina

    No, I did not read the original story and my question was just that, a question. It was NOT meant to be insensitive to this gentleman. My heart goes out to him and let me tell you, I would have flipped out, if I were him. I think the way he was treated was horrendous! Don't be so quick to judge a simple question, Marge.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Yes, that's what I replied too... medical devices, etc.But he did try to
    explain, they ignored him.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Yes, that's what I replied too... medical devices, etc.But he did try to
    explain, they ignored him.

  • http://holmesiandeduction.tumblr.com MonteJ

    As a transgendered individual, this terrifies and appals me. I fear the day in February when I must fly to visit a friend of mine because of the idea that this could happen.

  • http://holmesiandeduction.tumblr.com MonteJ

    As a transgendered individual, this terrifies and appals me. I fear the day in February when I must fly to visit a friend of mine because of the idea that this could happen.

  • Marge

    Tina asked:
    "Why aren't more people just going through the scanners?"
    Did you read follow the link and read the original story before deciding to reply, Tina?
    Because if you had, you would have noticed that the guy with the urostomy bag DID "just go through the scanner." Apparently the urostomy bag -- or something -- triggered the TSA to initiate the pat-down. At that point, the TSA personnel should have asked him: "Is there some reason why we are getting a confusing image at [whatever point on his body was bothering them]?" He could have then explained his condition and they could have then done a less embarassing and invasive search. Obviously the TSA people have had NO proper training on how to do these searches. Even if you think they need this kind of intensive security, it's been badly handled.

  • Marge

    Tina asked:
    "Why aren't more people just going through the scanners?"
    Did you read follow the link and read the original story before deciding to reply, Tina?
    Because if you had, you would have noticed that the guy with the urostomy bag DID "just go through the scanner." Apparently the urostomy bag -- or something -- triggered the TSA to initiate the pat-down. At that point, the TSA personnel should have asked him: "Is there some reason why we are getting a confusing image at [whatever point on his body was bothering them]?" He could have then explained his condition and they could have then done a less embarassing and invasive search. Obviously the TSA people have had NO proper training on how to do these searches. Even if you think they need this kind of intensive security, it's been badly handled.

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They're afraid of the radiation, perhaps the medical devices cause a
    problem?

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They're afraid of the radiation, perhaps the medical devices cause a
    problem?

  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    They're afraid of the radiation, perhaps the medical devices cause a
    problem?

  • Tina

    Why aren't more people just going through the scanners?

  • Tina

    Why aren't more people just going through the scanners?

  • http://twitter.com/ChonklaTime Niki

    Okay, so we have the woman who'd had a mastectomy forced to remove her prosthetic, the molestation survivor who was so traumatized by the unannounced invasive pat-down she had a panic attack, and now this? This is completely and utterly out of control. What do we have to do to stop the TSA's invasive procedures?!

  • Anonymous

    I was so appalled by this story that I contacted the TSA directly with the URL to the above:

    "Suggest you read this, then have ALL TSA employees go through an intensive sensitivity training seminar."

    I would have liked to have said more, but I don't want a bunch of Feds knocking at my door confiscating my computer or something...

  • http://twitter.com/snarkadelia Cate

    When I fly next, I will be sure to come on to my agent and make her really uncomfortable, just for this guy.
    -Snarky