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The Arizona Republic recently reported on an alarming increase in complaints about invasive searches by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from passengers at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. In June of 2012, an 82 year-old wheelchair-bound woman reportedly went through the security line at Sky Harbor and set off a metal detector. Though she explained to the attending TSA agent that she had survived a battle with breast cancer and, as a result, had a prosthesis, TSA agents reportedly brought her to a back room where she was ordered to remove her blouse, bra, and prosthesis for examination. Only after this degrading and unnecessarily invasive search was she allowed to board her flight.

Sadly, her story is only one example of several searches involving breast cancer survivors at Sky Harbor that have led to formal complaints. A total of eight complaints from breast cancer survivors with prostheses have been filed against TSA since 2011. Reportedly, one of the victims had her prosthesis pulled out of her blouse and searched in the middle of the terminal. When she protested the public nature of the search, the agent allegedly told her to "shut up." Passengers with disabilities are filing formal complaints about TSA procedures at a rate of more than two and a half times the national average.

Travelers deserve an explanation of the alleged wrongful actions of TSA personnel at Sky Harbor and a review TSA’s screening policies for passengers with disabilities is in order. Tell TSA admnistrator John S. Pistole that we must find a balance between ensuring the safety of all and maintaining dignity of individual passengers.

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To the Honorable John S. Pistole, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration:

I have heard about the disturbing increase in complaints regarding invasive searches by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from passengers at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.

In June of 2012, an 82 year-old wheelchair-bound woman reportedly went through the security line at Sky Harbor to board a flight to London and set off a metal detector. Though she explained to the attending TSA agent that she had survived a battle with breast cancer and, as a result, had a prosthesis, TSA agents reportedly brought her to a back room where she was ordered to remove her blouse, bra, and prosthesis for examination. Surely you would agree that no 82 year-old woman should ever have go through such a process in order to board an airplane?

Sadly, her story is only one example in a series of searches involving breast cancer survivors at Sky Harbor that have led to formal complaints. A total of eight complaints from breast cancer survivors with prostheses have been filed against TSA since 2011. Reportedly, one of the victims had her prosthesis pulled out of her blouse and searched in the middle of the public terminal. When she protested the public nature of the search, the agent apparently told her to "shut up." As you likely know, passengers with disabilities are filing formal complaints about TSA procedures at a rate of more than two and a half times the national average.

I ask that you and your staff explain the alleged wrongful actions of TSA personnel at Sky Harbor and review TSA's screening policies for passengers with disabilities to ensure that security protocols address probable threats, yet respect the dignity of travelers.

Sincerely,

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Jul 15, 2018 Fawn Mcconnell
Jul 15, 2018 Ianto Anglesey #StandWithWomen, #Women2018, SheShouldRun.org, NOW.org, NWLC.org, NCLRights.org
Jul 14, 2018 mike lyons
Jul 14, 2018 Stephen Baranowski
Jul 9, 2018 Donald Merrell
Jul 9, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jul 8, 2018 karen jackson
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jun 25, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jun 23, 2018 Fiona Power
Jun 19, 2018 R. Vanstrien
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 18, 2018 JoAnne Turpin This type of targeted and invasive searching of women with breast cancer and breast prosthetics is sick. The entire way the TSA handles people with all types of disabilities is appalling and disgusting. Get a decent program in place and enforce it!
Jun 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 17, 2018 Daniel P Carroll
Jun 16, 2018 Carol Painter
Jun 16, 2018 Michelle Perfetta
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 1, 2018 Wendy Dalton
May 21, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 17, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 17, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
May 17, 2018 Martine Hans s'est scandaleux
May 13, 2018 Tina Wasielewski
May 6, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Apr 30, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 30, 2018 Patt Lynch This must be stopped immediately.How can people be so cruel?
Apr 23, 2018 Roseann Maziarek
Apr 23, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Apr 23, 2018 Jeniffer Hullinger I definitely will never fly with TSA unless they change their bullshit policies. I am disabled and I deserve to be treated with the respect any human deserves.
Apr 23, 2018 Ellen Dexter
Apr 20, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 20, 2018 Bonita Easley
Apr 20, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Apr 19, 2018 Meredith Robertson
Apr 19, 2018 Nancy Seay
Apr 16, 2018 Andrey Yushchenko
Apr 11, 2018 M T
Apr 10, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Ken Stein
Apr 10, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 10, 2018 Norman Koszelak
Apr 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 2, 2018 Shawn Yeatman
Apr 2, 2018 Lucia Lazar
Apr 2, 2018 Dayle Severns The Trump administration's attitude has let TSA agents believe they can behave like thugs. This is unacceptable. They can do their job and still afford dignity to people while doing so.
Apr 2, 2018 Nancy Cohen
Mar 30, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff

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