Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, MI — a bladder cancer survivor is the latest victim of enhanced TSA security procedures President Obama claims we must endure in the fight against terrorism.
Perhaps the current nitwit in the White House needs to talk to Thomas D. “Tom” Sawyer, 61, of Lansing, MI.
Mr. Sawyer beat bladder cancer but couldn’t beat TSA agents at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, FL, when he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine after TSA agents worked him over in an enhanced pat-down procedure.
On Nov. 7, Mr. Sawyer went through the security scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. “Evidently the scanner picked up on my urostomy bag, because I was chosen for a pat-down procedure.”
Before starting the enhanced pat-down procedure, a security officer did tell him what they were going to do and how they were going to it, but Sawyer said it wasn’t until they asked him to remove his sweatshirt and saw his urostomy bag that they asked any questions about his medical condition.
“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me. Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”
The security officer finished the pat-down, tested the gloves for any trace of explosives and then, Sawyer said, “He told me I could go. They never apologized. They never offered to help. They acted like they hadn’t seen what happened. But I know they saw it because I had a wet mark.”
Humiliated, upset and wet, Sawyer said he had to walk through the airport soaked in urine, board his plane and wait until after takeoff before he could clean up.
“I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions,” said Sawyer.