Breast Cancer Survivor Humiliated By the TSA

Helen Whalen Cohen
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Posted: Oct 04, 2011 10:01 AM

This is still happening. Lori Dorn, a business consultant, was publicly humiliated after TSA screeners refused to look at documents for her prosthetic implants. Dorn is a breast cancer survivor.

New York business consultant Lori Dorn said TSA agents refused to look at a medical card explaining her prosthetic implants - the result of a double mastectomy - before getting grabby last Thursday.

"I have been through emotional and physical hell this past year due to breast cancer," Dorn wrote on her Website. "The way I was treated by these TSA agents added a s------- of insult to injury and caused me a great deal of humiliation."

Dorn was headed San Francisco when a Transportation Security Administration full-body scanner detected her prostheses, she said.

Flagged for a pat-down, Dorn told a TSA screener that she wasn't comfortable with the procedure. She offered to show documentation for the implants, including a card issued by their manufacturer.

A TSA supervisor told Dorn she could not access the documents, which were out of reach in her carry-on.

"She then said, 'And if we don't clear you, you don't fly' loud enough for other passengers to hear. And they did. And they stared at the bald woman being yelled at by a TSA supervisor," Dorn wrote.