TSA force 16 year old girl through scanner despite medical waiver from a doctor.Submitted by Neverquit on Wed, 05/09/2012 - 12:11
Savannah Barry, a 16-year-old diabetic, is criticizing the TSA after an agent incorrectly instructed her to walk through a metal detector despite the fact she was wearing an expensive insulin pump. The pump stopped working shortly after the security check.
The TSA website provides the following guidance to diabetic travelers: "If you are concerned or uncomfortable about going through the walk-through metal detector with your insulin pump, notify the Security Officer that you...would like a full-body pat-down." Barry followed those instructions last week as she tried to catch a flight out of Salt Lake City, but she was asked to walk through the body scanner anyway.
"When someone in a position of authority tells you it is -- you think that its right," Barry told ABC 4 Salt Lake City. "So, I said, 'Are you sure I can go through with the pump? It's not going to hurt the pump?' And she said, 'No, no you're fine.'"
Then the pump stopped working.