We have all heard of the outrage over the new pat down search policy that the TSA has instituted. When I read this story I felt anger that anyone would be subjected to a pat down search, especially for those who are wearing urostomy bag, for the collection of urine. For one cancer survivor his experience left him covered in urine, after the pat down search.
Here is his story:
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 I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”
“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.”
The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. 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.”
Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.
What ever happened to common sense? I realize that TSA agents have a job to do, but there has to be exceptions to any rule. In this case the man had to suffer the indignity of having urine soak his clothes until he could clean himself.
What do you think?