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Alaska’s Sharon Cissna refuses TSA groping

Alaska Rep. Sharon Cissna refused an invasive TSA pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday and was forced to find another way back to her home state.

The Anchorage Democrat, who has undergone a mastectomy, was ordered to submit to a hands-on pat-down after a full-body scan showed an irregularity in her chest. Cissna said later in a statement that she had submitted to a pat-down three months earlier and had vowed never to submit to “that horror” again.

Regarding passengers such as Cissna who have medical conditions or disabilities, the Transportation Security Administration‘s website says:

Security Officers will need to see and touch your prosthetic device, cast or support brace as part of the screening process.

The section on “assistive devices and mobility aids” goes on to assure special-needs passengers that they will be violated in the kindest, gentlest way possible.

The Anchorage Daily News‘ Alaska Politics Blog has the full text of Cissna’s statement that details the incident.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her clients'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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