This is Necessary? TSA Pat Down Leaves Bladder Cancer Patient Humiliated & Covered in Urine


When is this state run absurdity going to stop … The Audacity of Grope continues, Detroit Metropolitan Airport Edition:

Thanks to the TSA pat downs we are now presented with a bladder cancer patient humiliated and covered in their own urine. All in the name of a war on terror, if Obama actually called it that. A bladder cancer patient was humiliated and left in tears due to an “enhanced” TSA pat-down breaking the seal on his urastomy bag and covered in his own urine.

This is what President Barack Hussein Obama deemed frustrating but necessary? Just because you are a walking embarrassment of a President does not mean that others like to be humiliated, embarrassed and brought to tears by your TSA thugs.  

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.”

Due to his medical condition, Sawyer asked to be screened in private. “One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn’t have any place to take me,” said Sawyer. “After I said again that I’d like privacy, they took me to an office.”

 What part about these “pat downs” does every one not get that these TSA agents are in no way prepared or trained to deal with anything but the obvious and routine frisking? The TSA agents are not prepared to deal with children, cancer patients, the aged, or any airport passenger that is out of the norm. These TSA dim whits are not trained to deal, nor does it appear that they care or are empathetic to passengers with medical conditions.  The TSA lumps any out of the norm situation as is they were dealing with a terrorist.

The end result of an unqualified and unconcerned TSA is the following:

One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”

The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”

Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.

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  • Comments

    7 Responses to “This is Necessary? TSA Pat Down Leaves Bladder Cancer Patient Humiliated & Covered in Urine”

    1. Rwolf on November 21st, 2010 1:22 pm

      It has been suggested TSA adopt the Israeli passenger screening methods that rely on the intelligent and experienced screeners to ask passengers questions, so passengers are not needlessly subjected to humiliating body searches and X-ray scans. It should be noted Israel is a small country with few commercial airports compared to America. Israel can staff its limited airports with a sufficient number of educated/intelligent interrogators to screen air passengers; TSA on the other hand is hiring the extreme opposite. TSA screeners appear short on education, interrogation skills and some apparently lack the ability to think and solve simple problems. It is questionable whether U.S. Taxpayers could afford the costs to pay Israeli educated level and experienced screeners at most American airports. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are revolting, won’t stand for being stripped naked/ invasive pat downs and touching by current level TSA screeners and or radiated by X-ray scans every time they fly; problematic in the future to include taking a bus, train and stops at TSA vehicle check points. TSA’s mistreatment, humiliation and general abrasive handling of Americans at airports, may be a portent to Americans (next) getting a Boot in their face if they refuse to be stripped searched or x-rayed before boarding—any form of public transportation.

      Another problem with TSA strip-searching and X-raying Citizens, is that it can be used by the government in power to selectively target individuals that lawfully speak out or write against U.S. Government, harassing targeted Citizens at every mode of transportation with relentless body searches, pat-downs and X-ray scans to the point Americans will be reluctant or afraid to travel anywhere by plane, bus or drive their vehicle on the street because of TSA Check Points. In Northern Ireland not many years ago, it was alleged numerous times over decades that British soldiers at roadway vehicle check points, waved Irish Catholics though, then machine gunned the occupants claiming the vehicle failed to stop. Irish Catholic communities protested and complained. The Northern Ireland British Government would call a committee to investigate taking 18-months to determine cause of death. In the interim another alleged British atrocity would take place against Catholics overshadowing prior killings and alleged false arrests and imprisonments. Catholics traveling were intentionally harassed by British troops and police at highway check points, forced to submit to humiliating searches; political activists were delayed or taken away so they could not drive to a political meeting or speak at an event that opposed British polices. Could U.S. Citizens be similarly targeted e.g., Tea Party Members, anti-war activists and others after TSA overseen by Homeland Security, extends its body searches and X-ray scans of passengers, boarding trains, buses and at vehicle check points?

    2. Mary UK on November 21st, 2010 1:40 pm

      This is so upsetting i could cry, they really are intent on humiliating ordinary citizens in the name of PC, PROFLIE the passengers, take a leason from Israeli airlines, the safest in the world!!

    3. rightknight on November 21st, 2010 2:16 pm

      The degree of sophistication required for the Israeli screeners
      is far above the criteria currently used for selection of TSA
      employees in our airports today. A bureaucratic list of procedures
      cannot replace the sensitivity and depth of investigation achieved
      by exquisitely trained specialists, many of which are gleaned from
      military service. A terrorist can train to thwart the ‘list’, but cannot
      prepare adequately for that inevitable ‘face to face, eyeball to
      eyeball’ of personal interrogation!

    4. on November 21st, 2010 6:21 pm

      IF TSA is allowed to continue this stupid behavior, there should be a requirement that they ask passengers a series of questions that would reveal prosthetics, urine bags or other problems of the disabled that could cause such embarrassment. This is unforgivable.

    5. Is the TSA Really Listening to Us, Or Just Waiting Us Out? on November 21st, 2010 7:21 pm

      [...] after story of abuse — and there really is no other word to describe a system that leaves a cancer survivor weeping and soaked in his own urine — at the hands of those who work for us. TSA Administrator John Pistole has remained adamant, [...]

    6. Heather on November 22nd, 2010 3:41 am

      There should be some extra provisions concerning the relationship between TSA and people diagnosed with serious medical conditions. Otherwise flying will become a nightmare for these people.

    7. 56 Year Old Claire Hirschkind, Alledged Rape Victim & Pacemaker Device in Chest Arrested by TSA for Refusing Pat Down | Scared Monkeys on December 25th, 2010 6:41 pm

      [...] respect. Security is not optional.” Now that’s rich. Maybe the TSA would like to ask  61 year old, bladder cancer patient  Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyerwho they humiliated by breaking his urostomy bag. A  retired special education teacher on his way [...]

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