TSA pat-down leaves Mich. man covered in urine

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  1. LaWanda

    LaWanda Professional Lurker

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    This makes me sad.

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    ROMULUS, Mich. — A bladder cancer survivor from Michigan who wears a bag that collects his urine said the head of the Transportation Security Administration called to apologize for an airport pat-down that caused the bag to spill its contents on his clothing.

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    http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/tsa-pat-down-leaves-750644.html
     
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  3. fran

    fran Former Member

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    Poor guy. I hope this doesn't prevent him from venturing out in the future.

    JMHO
    fran
     
  4. Blondie in Spokane

    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I saw Mr. Sawyer interviewed on Fox News yesterday and my heart truly goes out to him. He tried to warn the TSA agent about his condition and was totally rebuked at every attempt....therefore his ostomy bag contents spilled out. How utterly humiliating and embarrassing. He should contact an attorney, IMO.
     
  5. not_my_kids

    not_my_kids New Member

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    I don't have the link, and I couldn't get the one above to load...but I read an interview where it was said that he was forced to walk through the airport, board the plane and take his seat while covered in urine. Then, and only then, was he allowed to use the plane's restroom to clean himself up.

    This, to me, is despicable, and will eventually lead to the end of air travel by the general public...I refuse to fly. Refused to fly long before the TSA got power hungry and really refuse now. And I don't have any special medical equipment, just a desire to keep my body to myself, something that the TSA doesn't seem to allow anymore.
     
  6. angelmom

    angelmom The love stays...forever in our hearts

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    This is the part that bothers me even more than the screenings and the pat downs...the refusal to have even basic human decency. I don't think this is all TSA. The airlines have been treating customers like cattle for years because they CAN...they have a captive audience with no rights. Holding people on planes for hours, not having basic needs covered (working restrooms, water) when trapped on the tarmac, and rude behavior in the name of security. That is not just TSA doing that. This whole thing is an extension of treating air passengers badly. I cannot imagine what it will take, and at what cost to the industry and the country, for it to turn around.
     
  7. songline

    songline New Member

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    Poor guy is right.
    I hope he gets lots of money for this big oooops on their part.
     
  8. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    I really felt for the guy. These bleeping employees act is if everyone is bs'ng made me so angry I have lost all interest for wishing we could fly somewhere. This incident along with recent news has me far more interested in road trips! It may require closer trips but still lots to see and do.
     
  9. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    They only called him to apologize? How about a whole truckload of free travel vouchers?

    This story almost has me in tears. How humiliating for him. :(
     
  10. LaWanda

    LaWanda Professional Lurker

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    Yeah, he had to get on the airplane soaked. This is soooo horrible!
     
  11. passionflower

    passionflower Just 1 tip to find a killer

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    I felt for the man's embarrassment and ALSO for anyone sitting
    near him.
    I am sure people talked and wondered why he was
    smelling.
    The airlines (TSA) should of made SPECIAL arrangements for him
    to shower and get clean clothes and PAY for his drycleaning.
    I do not believe in suing, but this is a case where I think the man is entitled to
    have a compensation! JMOO

    and what about bacteria in the seat and seatbelt for others health.
     
  12. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    If I was the manager/supervisor, some heads would be rolling.
     
  13. Apostapler

    Apostapler New Member

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    Poor guy. I don't wish anyone's misfortune and maltreatment, but I hope the airlines continue screwing up and the media keeps flapping their gums about it. It's the only way there is a slight chance that there will be some reform.

    Someone needs suspended for this, at the very least.
    Hope the guy gets lots of $$ from suing.
     
  14. ziggy

    ziggy New Member

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    One thing that really irked me with the Bush Admin. is federalizing the TSA. There should still be private security companies - they would be much more aware of how their behavior could affect the bottom line and the airlines would be majorly pzzzzzd if they started to affect business. Right now we've given over this duty to the Federal Government which we should know by now people, seriously, they could EFF up a one car funeral procession. The government can rarely do anything better than a private company. There is no complaining to the government - they don't give a rip - they just get Big Sister Janet to say they are listening - yeah listening with no intention of doing anything at all.

    I agree the airlines have been treating people like cattle - I always fly SWA because they are at least nice to you as they herd you. The major airlines employ major beotchs.

    People out here are paying over $3.00 a gallon for gas - we are stupid sheep - we aren't going to get fed up with ANYTHING and that is what the government is counting on. Today my hope for my country is at an all time low.
     
  15. kgeaux

    kgeaux New Member

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    We have had the same reaction from the agents when trying to tell them anything. They don't give a ****. Not only that, but most of them seem to be highly....Uneducated. Sometimes, even if they were to listen, I don't believe that many of them have the intelligence to understand what is being told.

    I live in an area that has a relatively small airport, and when flying usually fly in and out of Dallas. The agents at BOTH locations are awful.
     
  16. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    Gee, this makes so much sense! Employ uneducated, untrained individuals to ensure our personal and national security! What a world.
     
  17. drip~drop

    drip~drop kiss a fuzzie

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    Shame shame shame on them!!

    I'm done with the thought of ever flying again.

    Everybody should boycott the airlines for even one day to show them how people feel about something awful like this happening.

    Poor man. :(
    :cow:
     
  18. Melanie

    Melanie Inactive

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    This just makes me ill. They should have escorted him aside, given him time to shower, and given new clothes. We used to fly a lot, but haven't in a couple years. I have no interest now! I wish everyone would boycott the airlines, even if for 1 day. Let's see how they like empty airports all across the country.

    Mel
     
  19. Cazzie

    Cazzie This is love

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    Still having compassion for this man and how he was treated by so-called fellow human beings. :(
     
  20. LolaMoon08

    LolaMoon08 Active Member

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    I feel very sad for this man... He was treated horribly and no one should be treated this way.

    After saying that... I have had no problems flying. Someone in my group always gets pulled aside to go into that machine they have now... including me... and we giggle about it. I flew out to Vegas in June and I was pulled aside to have my bag hand searched... no problem. My sister had to go through the machine. I do believe that exceptions should be made for people like the victim in this case... the way he was treated is deplorable... but, I have no problem with their system other than that.

    I had more of a problem when I came back from my cruise and customs didn't check my passport... It didn't make me feel safe knowing that he allowed 12 people (my group) to come into the United States without showing identification. That's just me though.
     
  21. MCDRAW

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    The problem I see with all this is that they only check a percentage of the passengers. Something like 3%. Well on the news, on two different days I saw them checking little old ladies, one that was sitting because apparently standing was too difficult for her. While they were checking them and busting this poor man's bag, there is no telling how many crazy terrorist walked right onto that plane. We already know that they were not checking packages very well or they wouldn't have been chasing packages around trying to find them before they blew up. I'm afraid they are setting up an illusion of keeping us safe. But not accomplishing anything. There has to be a better system, one that doesn't take people's dignity.
     

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