Skip to comments.TSA Makes Cancer Victim Remove Prosthetic Breast
Posted on 11/19/2010 8:35:02 AM PST by markomalley
(CBS) A flight attendant and cancer survivor said she was forced to remove and show her prosthetic breast to a TSA agent during a security pat-down.
Cathy Bossi of Charlotte, who has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, told CBS Affiliate WBTV that in August she was asked to go through the new full-body scanners at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
As a 3-year breast cancer survivor Bossi said she didn't want the added radiation through her body, but reluctantly agreed.
"The TSA agent told me to put my ID on my back," Boss told WBTV correspondent Molly Grantham. "When I got out of there, she said because my ID was on my back, I had to go to a personal screening area."
Bossi was taken to a private room where two female Charlotte TSA agents began what she calls an "aggressive" pat-down.
Bossi said the exam halted when they got around to feeling her right breast - the one where she'd had surgery.
"She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?' Bossi recalled. "And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that.'"
Bossi was asked to remove her prosthetic breast from her bra and show it to the agent.
She said she did not take down the name of the agent because of the "horrific" nature of the experience.
"It just blew my mind. I couldn't believe that somebody had done that to me,'" she told WBTV.
Bossi has since contacted the flight attendants union's Legislative Affairs Team.
She says there are better alternatives to such intrusive examinations.
"There are blowers and there are dogs that could sniff out bombs," she said. "There's no reason to have somebody's hands touching your body parts."
A TSA representative told WBTV that agents are allowed to ask to see and touch any passenger's prosthetic, but arent supposed to remove them. Later, the TSA contacted the station and said they would review the Bossi matter.
We’re not humans as far as these people are concerned. They think we’re sheep. And do you know what? If we let them continue in this vein, they’re right.
I have a hip implant, they will play heck trying to remove that.
It’s easy to understand how Hitler was able to recruit concentration camp personnel.
Give some people a badge and some authority over others, and they cease to be human.
I wonder if a woman is wearing a sanitary napkin, because of her period, will she be forced to remove it, so it can be examined?
Isn’t there a fair risk to pilots, cop-pilots & flight attendants from repeated exposure to the ‘low level doses of radiation from the screeners?
I would think that immune systems could be compromised & serious health problems could be in their futures.
Assistants in a dental office are covered with a full body blanket of lead just for taking your tooth x-rays.
How is this any different??
I can see where these people could get 3 screenings a day.
BTW- IF a PILOT wants to cause a problem- he doesn’t have to carry a weapon. He can just crash the plane with all aboard.
The entire thing is out of control.
Over 30 illegals were getting flight training at a school & we are all getting probed & embarassed.
A caller to a local radio show asked about this:
ARE the TSA employees required to change their gloves after each ‘pat-down’???
If someone is incubating an infectious disease, it could be passed on to everyone touched in sequence.
Are they changing gloves??
I’ve been presenting that question for several days and no one seems to know the answer.
I read on another thread that women are starting to wear sanitary napkins so that they have a “shield” against the hands of the TSA agent.
What a shame I'm on the other side of menopause. I'd make the effort to find one of those hippy-dippy reusable sponges, and use it.
I”m really terribly concerned that they think the people who are on the plane who are supposed to help in case of problems ARE NOT TRUSTED and have to be searched for explosives. Something is so wrong with this picture.
While I don’t think it makes any sense to subject flight crews to any of this crap & Crapitano is a complete moron, I wonder if every single one of these stories is 100% true.
I just asked a contact of mine at TSA & he said this would violate their procedures, if the story is true.
Sadeq Naji Ahmed - the Transportation Security Administration
hired him as an airport screener after the Air Force kicked him out for making
statements supporting Osama bin Laden and praising the 9/11 attacks.
Ahmed worked almost a year before enough people at the TSA found that
he previously had his security clearance revoked and had to let him go.
"SCARY But Ignored: Terrorist Spies Successfully Infiltrated Top Classified US Cyber-Files
in March, a TSA employee was allowed to remain at his computer-
and inserted a virus-after he knew his TSA employment was terminated."
"USB Stick May Have Contributed to Deadly Plane Crash
A corrupted USB stick contributed to Spain's worst air disaster on record,
according to a 12,000-page report cited by the Spanish newspaper El Pais and USA Today.
It was initially believed that the crash of Flight 5022 that killed 154 people in 2008
was the result of pilot error, but investigators have now concluded that
a computer infection spread through an infected USB stick may have contributed to the crash."
To be fair, much of this is pre grope policy. You can tell by the uniforms.
Why hasn’t some activist judge issued an order stopping this yet?
If someone is incubating an infectious disease, it could be passed on to everyone touched in sequence.
Are they changing gloves??
I am extremely, dangerously allergic to latex. Are they wearing latex gloves? Do they have vinyl replacements?
They have no respect. That is the essence of it. They do so at their own peril, for there is a national powder keg they are sitting on, figuratively speaking as we speak. The Great American People are good natured, kind
and patient. But when wronged, WATCH OUT! When crossed, they will roar back. Remember Pearl Harbor! That is the American Spirit. As a foreigner and an elitist, Mr. Obama and his inner circle sorely misjudges matters.
If those “in charge” can force ordinary people to undergo public humiliation, people get used to government control. I guess we are going through basic training so we will follow orders without question or resistance.
Read about the Milgram Experiment, if you are not familiar with it.
Hell NO, they don’t change gloves. I’ve never seen that. it is very third world if you ask me...very unsanitary.
The blue gloves are made of “nitrile”; they’re non-allergenic. I use various grades of nitrile gloves (rather than other materials) in the laboratory for several reasons one of which is the allergy issue.
I’d ask them. They have policy contingencies for a lot of various scenarios.
People also should understand that you can have a witness present during your groping.
At our local airport, which does not have scanners, the local police have officers stationed around at all times the airport is open & most of them are right there at the security check area so you can have a cop witness if you want. The local PD also has one K9 they bring around often.
Again, this is coming directly from my contacts at TSA as well as personal experience.
There is no reason to be alone with a TSA agent during a pat down. None whatsoever. Believe me, the agents don’t want to be alone with passengers either.
You need to post your message that other countries may issue a travel alert that travelers coming to the US may receive abusive/invasive treatment by TSA screeners.
I learned all about it in grad school. Nobody is getting electric shocks. Nobody is required to be alone with a TSA agent.
Contrary to popular mythology, TSA agents do not have guns (tho there are a select few in some airports who do), hand cuffs or arrest powers. Airports have their own security people who handle that as well as local law enforcment which may be on site.
I understand why people are outraged by this idiocy but I expect the over the top stuff to come from the left. Our side is usually the one that sticks to the facts.
Japanese media picking up the stories ..It will not be long now!
No,it is not true.
I was going to write the same thing. I'm allergic and now all our staff use non-powdered nitrile gloves (if your hands sweat, the powdered ones make a mess). If they are going to an invasive pat down, request and make sure they put on a new pair of gloves.
To clarify, I’m told they do have some kind of goofy pat down procedure for head scarves & turbans, but muslims are not exempt from anything. Yet.
What madness the degenerate, Communist Progressives have pulled us down to.. .and we must stop it.
The media is reporting widespread public outrage, I think, not because of the injustice done to the crew and commoners like us, but because members of the elite are now being abused.
The intelligencia is not exempt fortunately, because the smurfs aren't smart enough to identify who is an influencial left wing columnist so the ivy league elitist gets treated the same as a Joe Six-pack. And saying "do you know who I am?" would probably guarantee even worse treatment.
If the elite were exempt from humiliation, I doubt we would see much coverage of this story.
Apparently first class passengers are treated the same as everybody else. This is probably intolerable to the intelligentia who are used to being treated better than regular citizens, because they believe they are better.
How interesting that the TSA waited only days before the busiest time of year to impose this outrage on travelers, forcing them to make a fast choice either to submit to x-rays or groping, or else be further humiliated, fined and lose a plane ticket. I will not opt of the x-rays; I will opt out of flying all together. Let the bankrupt airlines blame the TSA, and let the outraged public blame Islam. This country needs a radical transformation to be saved.
Friends of Obama have invested millions in the manufacture of those body scanners. They MUST have people go through them in order to recoup their costs. If we don't go through the scanners, which do show our bare naked bodies, then they must embarrass us enough to make sure that we get used to having pornographic pictures taken of us.
So, your choice is to either have your naked body prepared for possible internet display or have some stranger feel you up.
One other thing, what would stop some enterprising pornographer from saving those pictures along with our names and addresses?
And, do the very same thing to our children?
So in the cases which are being currently reported of TSA gloved hands going into some passengers’s pants, are they going to pass on a sexually transmitted disease? Bad mental picture, but we have among us folks whose toilet habits are disgusting, not to mention third worlders who have never used more than one sheet of TP at a time.
That will be next.
I just don’t believe they could make a breast bomb so small and realistic that the only way you could tell it was a bomb is by feeling it.
They may to to conceal a bomb in the breast area, but wouldn’t it have to have wires coming out and someway to detonate it?
Wow-I’d never read about that experiment- fascinating- thanks for posting.
Very, very. . .and no one should be patted down and worse, by anyone not using a fresh pair of gloves. Of course, the reality is; NO citizen should be so subjected - unless 'due cause' has been so noted.
What about a 3rd option. Refuse the scan, refuse the pat-down but instead go through the metal detector and demand for a bomb sniffing dog to check you out instead. This would be much less intrusive and much more effective.
So if I dissent here and agree that, given the threats Muslims present and the tactics theyre constantly developing, this isnt so bad..will I get booted from the site? I mean is it beyond reason that such a prosthetic,such as this, could be used as a IED? TSA screeners are just like like any other area of employment....there are good and bad apples. This applies to the McDonalds frycook,the CPA,the local police force and the US military.Its easy to hold a light on the offenders that have become derelict or abusive with thier authority...I see alot of unfair criticism and broadbased attacks on thousands of people trying to make a living.
The makers of Depends could see their profits jump.
I'm a senior citizen, so I think I'll put on one or two pairs of those "Depends" just to go through TSA, then once I'm through security, take them off in the restroom before boarding.
If these Depends really hold water [never tried 'em], maybe I'll pour a glass of water in the outer pair. That ought to ruin TSA's day!
[Hopefully, the inner pair of Depends will keep ME dry!]
It’s my understanding that you only have TWO options—get scanned or get molested. If you choose to leave the line rather than either of these, you’re subject to government harassment, if the fellow from San Diego is any indication. They’ve opened an investigation on him, and all he did was refuse, then leave the airport.
Well, you know what they say about people who are willing to give up their freedom for what’s really an illusion of safety...They deserve, and are unlikely to get, either one.
The story of those experiments should be required reading in every school. Although it is usually described as revealing that most people go with obedience to authority rather than their own most basic moral convictions, I would say that the experiment reveals that obedience IS a basic moral conviction, or pre-moral if you will; so deeply engrained that we hardly realize it until circumstances bring it into play. Then, we discover that obedience is stronger than those enlightened convictions of which we are so proud.
He left the airport after THEY escorted him out of the security area. I think he may have a good case against them if they try to collect.
Sweeny and his duple the hapless Janet Napoitano KNOW this.
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