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TSA Pat-Down Leaves Passenger Covered in Urine

Nov 21, 2010 – 6:00 AM
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Lauren Frayer

Lauren Frayer Contributor

(Nov. 21) -- A Michigan man who survived bladder cancer in 2007 has now been forced to survive humiliation at the hands of the TSA, whose airport screeners spilled urine on him during a recent security check at Detroit's airport.

Thomas Sawyer
Courtesy Elizabeth Sawyer Danowski
Michigan cancer survivor Thomas Sawyer says he was left covered in his own urine when a TSA agent broke the seal on his urostomy bag during a pat-down.

Thomas Sawyer, 61, was flying to Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 7 with his wife to attend a wedding. Since having part of his bladder removed because of cancer, Sawyer wears a urostomy bag attached to a tube from his abdomen.

He said he asked TSA agents if he could be screened in private because of his medical condition. "One officer looked at another, rolled his eyes and said that they really didn't have any place to take me," the retired special education teacher told MSNBC. "After I said again that I'd like privacy, they took me to an office."

"I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me," Sawyer said. "Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants."

"I was just so embarrassed, so humiliated," Sawyer also told The Detroit Free Press. He's filed a complaint with the Transportation Security Administration.

Read more at MSNBC and the Detroit Free Press.
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