Yesterday when I wrote about breast cancer patients’ concerns about the new TSA pat-downs, I was hoping we were speaking in the theoretical. Apparently not. this is what a flight attendant who has had breast cancer reports happened to her:
“She (the TSA agent) put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’. And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”
Cathy was asked to show her prosthetic breast, removing it from her bra.
A T.S.A. representative says agents aren’t supposed to remove any prosthetics, but are allowed to ask to see and touch any passenger’s prosthetic.
T.S.A. says it will review this matter.
They will review the matter? To say that this is unacceptable is not putting it strongly enough. How about an unequivocal statement saying that they will quit terrorizing women by demanding to see and grope their breasts, prosthetic or not. This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.
Addenda: See here for TSA’s ambiguity about whether or not they will grope young children’s genitals. Again, predatory behavior towards children does not make us safer, severely traumatizes them and TSA should be willing to state that they will not try to pretend that they are making us safer by committing these acts that in any other context would be considered a felony.