Woman Battling Breast Cancer Posts About ‘Humiliating’ TSA Search
The TSA needs to get their agents the proper training and make sure they are following their training. No one should have to go through this.
A New York woman battling breast cancer says that what happened to her during a TSA search while traveling should never happen to anyone.
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Denise Albert says she has never felt so violated. “It’s a feeling that I just never expect to ever experience,” Albert said.
The mother of two, who has been quite public about her battle with breast cancer, posted that humiliating experience on Facebook. For the past three years, she’s been the host of show called “The MOMS with Denise and Melissa” on radio and TV.
She says Sunday night at LAX, TSA agents aggressively tried to do a body cavity search – in public.
This all happened after she informed them of the metal port on her chest and the medical cream in her bag.
“Her hands were shoving up me, and she went around me and down my pants in the back. And then when she tried to put her hands in my shirt is when I said, ‘enough,’” Albert said.
Albert complied with the agents request to take off her shoes, but she didn’t want to put her bare feet on the floor because of open sores and rashes from her cancer treatment. “After having looked at the TSA website, they were not allowed to ask me to take my shoes off because I had a medical condition that I told them about,” Albert said.
At one point, out of sheer frustration, she took off her wig, a move she rarely does in public.
Albert says the whole ordeal could have been handled so much better. “I actually want those people fired because they didn’t follow any protocol and I think it was really a game for them,” Albert said.
The 42-year-old has filed a formal complaint with the TSA. The agency informed her the matter will be investigated by supervisors at LAX. More