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TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine (Non-muslim bladder cancer survivor)
MSNBC.com ^ | 12/20/10 | Harriet Baskas

Posted on 11/20/2010 3:46:32 PM PST by jimbo123

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.”

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; donutwatch; florida; insecurity; lansing; michigan; orlando; tsa; tsapervs
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1 posted on 11/20/2010 3:46:38 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Time for him to cal a lawyer


2 posted on 11/20/2010 3:51:28 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom REMEMBER FREE REPUBLIC IN YOUR WILL. I DID)
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To: jimbo123

could the obama regime hate america any more?


3 posted on 11/20/2010 3:52:19 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: jimbo123

ADA anyone?


4 posted on 11/20/2010 3:52:55 PM PST by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

The TSA Gestapo is Obama’s Victory Mosque.


5 posted on 11/20/2010 3:55:24 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Once Obamacare kicks in, there will be fewer cancer survivors around to endure this kind of humiliation.


6 posted on 11/20/2010 3:56:37 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: jimbo123

Outrageous!


7 posted on 11/20/2010 3:57:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)
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To: al baby; freekitty; flat; unkus; Mjaye; seekthetruth; MamaDearest; GOPinCa; sheik yerbouty; ...

Outrageous is too mild a word for this insult against an American citizen. We should all send this thread link to our Congressmen and Senators and keep sending all these stories to DC. Express your outrage and express your vow to vote them out of office at the first opportunity unless they stop this outrage against We The People.


8 posted on 11/20/2010 3:58:29 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: jimbo123

Words fail me!


9 posted on 11/20/2010 4:00:18 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

We just had hundred’s of breast cancer marchers pass our house today. Just think of all those poor women with devices that will be examined by strangers to prove they aren’t terrorists.
Maybe this will be the straw that breaks the PC back and causes the govt to focus on our real security.


10 posted on 11/20/2010 4:02:25 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: Lady Jag

FYI


11 posted on 11/20/2010 4:03:27 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: jimbo123

God bless this man. Prayers that he soon has better days.


12 posted on 11/20/2010 4:04:40 PM PST by Padams
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To: jimbo123
Alas, just move to a big city, stay put, and collect money from the government.

This is what Washington wants so just make them happy.

This personal concern stuff is just a foolish fallacy anyway.

We know who we work for, now it's time to get with the program and promote it.

There is WAY too much travel allowed by citizens to be safe.

Safety trumps freedom.

13 posted on 11/20/2010 4:04:52 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: jimbo123

61-year-old bladder cancer survivor named Thomas Sawyer. Obviously a major security threat.


14 posted on 11/20/2010 4:07:55 PM PST by Jeff Winston
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To: jimbo123

Just what I thought, these guys are clueless of medical equipment and devices. People wear catheters, colostomy bags, etc. and the TSA evidently haven’t briefed their employees about them. I and many other folks wear devices just under the skin...if these guys see them on the scanner, will they think we have some sort of explosive sewn in us...if they don’t know about a urostomy bag, chances are they don’t know about other medical devices.

Earlier today I mentioned other devices in another post:

I don’t even think I’ll attempt to fly...don’t know what they’ll say about this little “hockey puck” device. It’s placed just under the skin, so it sounds like the scanners can pick it up.

http://www.medtronic.com/your-health/severe-spasticity/therapy/what-is-it/index.htm

Then it makes me wonder about pacemakers, they’re just under the skin as well. Medtronic makes lots of implantable devices for delivery different sorts of meds, regulating the heart, etc.


15 posted on 11/20/2010 4:08:02 PM PST by dawn53
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To: jimbo123

Hmmm. Mr. Sawyer appears in his photo to be a middle-aged white male. Obvious terrorist material.

I will not fly anymore.


16 posted on 11/20/2010 4:08:20 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: jimbo123
“Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”

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17 posted on 11/20/2010 4:08:26 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: jimbo123

JUST WATCH FOLKS, ZERO WILL STEP IN SOON AND PUT A STOP TO ALL THIS OUTRAGE BY TAKING OVER THE AIRLINES.
JUST LIKE HE DID WITH OUR HEALTH CARE, THE BANKS, THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY AND WALL STREET.
HE IS AN EVIL COMMUNIST WHO WORSHIPS ALL THE DICTATORS IN THE WORLD AND EMULATES THEM.
THIS COUNTRY IS IN DEEP KA KA AND THE SHEEPLE BETTER WAKE UP SOON!


18 posted on 11/20/2010 4:10:07 PM PST by taillightchaser
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To: jimbo123

Just what I thought, these guys are clueless of medical equipment and devices. People wear catheters, colostomy bags, etc. and the TSA evidently haven’t briefed their employees about them. I and many other folks wear devices just under the skin...if these guys see them on the scanner, will they think we have some sort of explosive sewn in us...if they don’t know about a urostomy bag, chances are they don’t know about other medical devices.

Earlier today I mentioned other devices in another post:

I don’t even think I’ll attempt to fly...don’t know what they’ll say about this little “hockey puck” device. It’s placed just under the skin, so it sounds like the scanners can pick it up.

http://www.medtronic.com/your-health/severe-spasticity/therapy/what-is-it/index.htm

Then it makes me wonder about pacemakers, they’re just under the skin as well. Medtronic makes lots of implantable devices for delivery different sorts of meds, regulating the heart, etc.


19 posted on 11/20/2010 4:10:45 PM PST by dawn53
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To: 43north

20 posted on 11/20/2010 4:10:55 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: dawn53

Somehow I double posted...oops.


21 posted on 11/20/2010 4:11:46 PM PST by dawn53
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To: dawn53

Most of the TSA goons I’ve encountered appear to have an IQ just slightly higher than their shoe size.

I wouldn’t be surprised if their new porno-scanners damage or destroy some implantable medical devices.

Janet stupiditano and john pistonyou could care less.


22 posted on 11/20/2010 4:12:13 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: jimbo123

This is so outrageous; seems like there are more and more stories about people being embarrassed and humiliated when their PRIVATE HEALTH ISSUES are being revealed by:

1. questionable equipment (do they save scans? do they emit dangerous amounts of radiation, aren’t there machines that do not expose so much nakedness?)

2. insensitive TSA staff—who is checking the background of the checkers???

3. gestapo-like policies—no sytematic policy for evaluating why someone is forced to have a pat down

I imagine there are many men and women with incontinence issues and women in their monthly cycles that are being publicly embarrassed or dreading flying in the next week. Like I said, this is outrageous, but also sad and wrong.


23 posted on 11/20/2010 4:17:05 PM PST by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: FormerACLUmember
could the obama regime hate america any more?

Probably not.

Next thing you know, they'll stop capitalizing "America".

Oh, wait.. you just did that, didn't you?

24 posted on 11/20/2010 4:17:18 PM PST by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: jimbo123

Piss on the TSA.


25 posted on 11/20/2010 4:17:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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I can't wait.

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26 posted on 11/20/2010 4:20:27 PM PST by Cyber Ninja (Live and Let Live; is not working...)
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To: jimbo123

27 posted on 11/20/2010 4:21:35 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: jimbo123

Maybe it’s my imagination but it seems like every time I see one of these stories of abuse it is a white person being abused. White 3 year old little girls crying don’t touch me. White breast cancer survivor. White bladder cancer survivor. White woman throw across the airport and face planted into a table. Is it just me?


28 posted on 11/20/2010 4:21:56 PM PST by SHOOT THE MOON bat (Hey White House liar. Truth comes out a little at a time.)
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To: jimbo123

E-N-O-U-G-H !

STOP THIS MADNESS.

IMPEACH THE DICTATOR.


29 posted on 11/20/2010 4:23:02 PM PST by Reagan69 (Let me know when those health insurance premiums go down.)
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To: 43north

Medtronics site says if they detect your ITB pump on a scanner, just show them your “card.” Sure that’s going to work, LOL, this guy had a urostomy and they couldn’t figure it out, and that was an external appliance. What happens when they see a scar and they don’t know what’s under it, are they going to believe the “card.”

It’s disgusting to think they’re going to be harrassing people with medical conditions. There’s lots of people with pacemakers, medicine pumps, colostomy bags, urostomy bags, suprapubic catheters, etc. They’re going to spend all their time on the folks with medical devices and have no time for “real” terrorists.


30 posted on 11/20/2010 4:26:32 PM PST by dawn53
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To: FormerACLUmember
Notice how this only started AFTER the humiliation of the last election. Obama is paying America back.

"I think people started looking at all this and it felt as if government was getting much more intrusive into people's lives than they were accustomed to. We thought it was necessary . . ." - Baraq Hussein Obama

This is his way of getting the American people accustomed to government intrusion.

31 posted on 11/20/2010 4:27:49 PM PST by Hoodat ( Don't touch my junk, Bro !)
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To: jimbo123
Look around an airport.. Lots of us, few of them. Too bad we're cowards.

32 posted on 11/20/2010 4:31:55 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: jimbo123
Twenty years of listening to this ...


... and we get this ...

Coincidence?
33 posted on 11/20/2010 4:32:25 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jimbo123
I'm so glad that I no longer have to fly (and I pray I never have to again) but I feel so very, very sorry for those that have to and will be traveling this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's.
34 posted on 11/20/2010 4:35:07 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Libs are pro-life only when it comes to animals. When it comes to humans they are pro-death.)
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To: Hoodat

Most Definitely. If that muslim Asshat had pulled this crap before the election the moonbats might see him for you he really is. You sure as heck don’t want the loonie left getting a clue as far as Hussein is concerned.


35 posted on 11/20/2010 4:36:12 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: jimbo123

Well...you PEOPLE surprise me. One he was an AMERICAN...two he was of “pale skin”....three...he was non Muslim. That right there just oozes terrorism.


36 posted on 11/20/2010 4:38:25 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: proudofthesouth

I especially feel for folks who have to fly for their jobs - many of them don’t have much of a choice :(

My husband fly once a year in Feb. I hope this mess will be cleared up by then or we will be driving to Texas.


37 posted on 11/20/2010 4:40:08 PM PST by justsaynomore ("We the people are still in charge of this country!" - Herman Cain)
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To: jimbo123

My God can this country stoop any lower and still survive?


38 posted on 11/20/2010 4:40:08 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: SHOOT THE MOON bat

Obama’s Muslim Rage + Napolitano’s Lesbian Rage = TSA Gestapo


39 posted on 11/20/2010 4:40:24 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: eyedigress
If that muslim Asshat had pulled this crap before the election the moonbats might see him for you he really is.

My point is that this new TSA policy is retaliation on the American people for voting out Democrats. If the Democrats hadn't been voted out, and instead retain solid control of both houses of Congress, the TSA wouldn't be implementing this new policy.

Obama's words place blame on the American people for his election losses. He criticized them for not being accustomed to government intrusion. So he is now embarking on a course of teaching us get used to government intrusion. We must resist this at all costs.

40 posted on 11/20/2010 4:43:50 PM PST by Hoodat ( Don't touch my junk, Bro !)
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To: jimbo123

I feel horrible for this poor man. I know a woman who has a colostomy and it changed her life for the worse in the sense that a bag is constantly there. She is very aware that she is now “different”. This stuff has got to stop. Just a thought.


41 posted on 11/20/2010 4:44:19 PM PST by momtothree
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To: jimbo123

Oh, Zero is homosexual, too. Don’t leave that out of your mathematics.


42 posted on 11/20/2010 4:44:29 PM PST by Tax-chick (Global Warming: the first faith preached exclusively by hypocrites.)
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To: dawn53
What happens when they see a scar and they don’t know what’s under it, are they going to believe the “card.”

They can just slice along the existing scar and pull out what is under there for a visual exam. Then hand the pacemaker (or other device) back to you with a handful of butterfly strips so you can put yourself back together after you clear security.

43 posted on 11/20/2010 4:44:54 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Jeff Winston

And while you are being sarcastic about this man being a major security threat, in a way you make an excellent point. Namely, that we’re not allowed to make any judgements about who is a threat. We’re all considered an equal threat to blow up the plane.

Political correctness may yet get us all killed. We are bending over backwards to prove to people like Bin Laden that we are not discriminating against certain types of people, or making any judgements about anything. Instead, we consider everyone an equal threat, just to prove to CAIR and Bin Laden that we are living up to what Obama calls our highest ideals.

Anyone think that Bin Laden is impressed with America standing up for its highest ideals????


44 posted on 11/20/2010 4:45:14 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: dawn53

I have bilateral artificial hips. I shoed them my card once after I set off the metal detector. They ignored it. When I asked why I was told “anybody can get one of those.”

The TSA is the modern day equivalent of the SA (Sturm Abteilung) thugs that helped put Hitler in power. Interesting that they share two of three letters.


45 posted on 11/20/2010 4:45:39 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% white, 50% black, 100% red)
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To: jimbo123

I just flew into Detroit 4 hours ago coming from Taipei. When I cleared customs I was in a long line with all the people lining up for their naked scans. People at the back of the line were informed that there was no waiting up stairs near the ticketing TSA check in. I went up stairs and I got through without a grope or a dose of radiation at that checkpoint!


46 posted on 11/20/2010 4:48:30 PM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Hoodat

It MUST be resisted. An organized effort such as the Orlando airport opting out is a start. Punishing the airlines will result in a GM type take-over. The Airport Authorities must step in. This bastard has a plan and it is to bankrupt airlines.


47 posted on 11/20/2010 4:48:48 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: jimbo123

Another horrible example of ordinary people being humiliated in public by TSA thugs. My heart goes out to this man. Why is insanity continuing to get even more intrusive?


48 posted on 11/20/2010 4:49:38 PM PST by mohresearcher
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To: Hoodat
this new TSA policy is retaliation on the American people for voting out Democrats. Obama's words place blame on the American people for his election losses.

Exactly.
49 posted on 11/20/2010 4:50:06 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Let’s not forget that one of Bammy’s biggest political backers is The American Trial Lawyers Association. This could all be a very effective way to boost business. The courts will be jammed up with lawsuits, and the attorney’s make their Lexus payments.


50 posted on 11/20/2010 4:51:10 PM PST by SpaceBar
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