TSA Pat-Down Leaves Cancer Surviver Covered in UrineSubmitted by LForD on Sat, 11/20/2010 - 23:03
TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine
'I was absolutely humiliated,' said bladder cancer survivor
By Harriet Baskas
updated 11/20/2010 7:16:18 PM ET
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.”