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21 February 2011

Alaska State Representative refuses T&A patdown, has to return to AK via sea

SEATTLE -- "An Alaskan state lawmaker is returning home by sea after refusing a pat-down search at a Seattle airport, a spokeswoman said..
Rep. Sharon Cissna underwent a body scan as she was preparing to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sunday and was then required to undergo the pat-down by Transportation Safety Administration officials, said Michelle Scannell, her chief of staff.
Scannell said that TSA called for the pat-down because the scan showed Cissna had had a mastectomy. But it wasn't immediately clear from statements by the lawmaker's office and TSA why that would necessitate the further search."



She already went through the pornoscanner, but that wasnt enough for the ever-alert Federal employees.  

Everyone knows if a woman has had a mastectomy, she definitely needs a pat-down...I mean feel-up.  

Remember well:  Federal T&A employees are the first line of defense in the detection of breast cancer recurrence, and recognizing the use of C4 in breast implants.  Also, statistically speaking, the most common type of suicide bomber in the United States are older white women who serve in State Legislatures. 

Fits the profile: 68 year old white female from Alaska, serving in her State Legislature;  frisk her, boys!

Update: Rep. Cissna's statement on the incident:

“The evening of the 20th of February 2011 started with relief, as I was anxious to get back to the important work of the Alaskan Legislature.  Heading into security after time with the line of passengers, I felt upbeat.  I’d blocked out the horror of three months earlier, but after the pleasant TSA agent checked the ticket and ID, I suddenly found myself directed into scanning by the Seattle Airport’s full-body imaging scan.  The horror began again.  A female agent placed herself blocking my passage.  Scan results would again display that my breast cancer and the resulting scars pointed a TSA finger of irregularity at my chest.  I would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body. Memories of violation would consume my thoughts again.”
“Being a public servant and elected representative momentarily disappeared. Facing the agent I began to remember what my husband and I’d decided after the previous intensive physical search.  That I never had to submit to that horror again!  It would be difficult, we agreed, but I had the choice to say no, this twisted policy did not have to be the price of flying to Juneau!”
“So last night, as more and more TSA, airline, airport and police gathered, I became stronger in remembering to fight the submission to a physical hand exam. I repeatedly said that I would not allow the feeling-up and I would not use the transportation mode that required it.”
“For nearly fifty years I’ve fought for the rights of assault victims, population in which my wonderful Alaska sadly ranks number one, both for men and women who have been abused.  The very last thing an assault victim or molested person can deal with is yet more trauma and the groping of strangers, the hands of government ‘safety’ policy.”
“For these people, as well as myself, I refused to submit.”
“The trip to Juneau is one of adventure in working to restore dignity to government policies designed to build the well-being of our people. All of them. The trip to the Capitol has been by car, small plane and the Alaska Marine Highway.  It feels like a trip of pride as well.”
“The TSA threat of “Do you want to fly?” means something very different to Alaskans. Flying in Alaska is not a choice, but a necessity.  The freedom to travel should never come at the price of basic human dignity and pride.”

1 comment:

  1. Frankly, I'm surprised she permitted the scan, since prior cancer is a definite contra-indication for the skin-painting radiation these scanners produce.

    "Our colleagues at UCSF, dermatologists and cancer experts, raise specific important
    􀁸 A) The large population of older travelers, >65 years of age, is particularly at
    risk from the mutagenic effects of the X-rays based on the known biology of
    melanocyte aging.
    􀁸 B) A fraction of the female population is especially sensitive to mutagenesis provoking radiation leading to breast cancer. Notably, because these women,
    who have defects in DNA repair mechanisms, are particularly prone to cancer,
    X-ray mammograms are not performed on them. The dose to breast tissue
    beneath the skin represents a similar risk."