Sunday, November 21, 2010

TSA pat down leaves traveller covered in Urine

Another TSA terror tale.

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., said he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers recently at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

“I was absolutely humiliated, I couldn’t even speak,” said Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, Mich.

Sawyer is a bladder cancer survivor who now wears a urostomy bag, which collects his urine from a stoma, or opening in his stomach. “I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes.”


On Nov. 7, Sawyer said he went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

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.”

Sawyer wears pants two sizes too large in order to accommodate the medical equipment he wears. He’d taken off his belt to go through the scanner and once in the office with security personnel, his pants fell down around his ankles. “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.”

Before starting the enhanced pat-down procedure, a security officer did tell him what they were going to do and how they were going to it, but Sawyer said it wasn’t until they asked him to remove his sweatshirt and saw his urostomy bag that they asked any questions about his medical condition.

“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.

“I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions,” said Sawyer.


Judging from the number of concerns I have read about the TSA pat downs, it would seem they have little concern for people-period


9 comments:

  1. According to their own website the TSA has a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 federalized airports throughout the U.S., the Federal Air Marshal Service, and the security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines and in the TSA Week at a Glance: 11/08/10 through 11/14/10 they all managed to find

    * 6 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints
    * 11 firearms found at checkpoints
    and* 6 passengers were arrested after investigations of suspicious behavior or fraudulent travel documents.

    Not very impressive really. I just wouldn't fly at all.

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  2. The situation is becoming interesting. That tactics are text book conditioning frog in the pot techniques. The only thing that surprises me is the speed at which these acts are taking place.

    The next phase of this conditioning process will be Very interesting and my bet is that it will be brutal, much more brutal than people can imagine.

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  3. If you have time on your hands you and you're on the TSA website you can search for and submit to them items that you may or may not be able to take through a security checkpoint.

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  4. The Israeli government views Muslims as enemies and profiles the ones wishing to fly for invasive, abusive intrusions.

    The American government views Americans as enemies and profiles the ones wishing to fly for invasive, abusive intrusions.

    How many TSA employees are perverts that take cell phone pics of good looking women and men, and maybe even children that they use to masturbate to or sell to pornographers?

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  5. APeasant: I agree.

    John: thanks for all those stats.
    No it isn't very impressive for all the misery inflicted on airline passenger
    Oh and I guess you can take an elephant on the plane!
    goodie...

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  6. Oh Penny, that poor man! Disgusting, what sheer pigs those agents were!!

    buffy

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  7. Greg:

    "The Israeli government views Muslims as enemies and profiles the ones wishing to fly for invasive, abusive intrusions.

    The American government views Americans as enemies and profiles the ones wishing to fly for invasive, abusive intrusions."

    It is timely you mention that. I heard comments over and over. Well look what Israel does for "security" that is supposedly necessary. But then I heard somewhere else, the only people they give the invasive security too are the Palestinians and some foreigners. Israeli citizens by and large just pass on through.

    So you are right on in your commentary, the Israelis target the muslims and non-israelis as enemies and threats.

    The US government targets all americans as enemies and threats.
    Quite a hostile government, to it's own people.

    "silverfish:

    "The next phase of this conditioning process will be Very interesting and my bet is that it will be brutal, much more brutal than people can imagine."

    I am making a prediction here. And it is one that should be pretty obvious to anyone awake and paying attention.

    The tsa is suffering alot of bad, bad press, there are alot of angry people.

    So, they drop the intrusive patdowns, or the scanners, one the other or both and just go back to ordinary pre-"underwear bomber" screening.

    Lo and behold, a "terror attack"
    Like our underwear bomber, someone get's walked on the plane past security and golly gee, it is a terror attack!

    This time it won't be an arab, a muslim, an Islamist. It is going to be a "home grown" "white" terrorist. Made in America.
    And the process will become instantly more brutal.

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  8. hey buff, I know, quite humiliating really.

    As if that man doesn't have enough of a cross to bear?

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