Rep. Takes 12-Hour Boat Ride After Refusing TSA Search

Breast cancer survivor Sharon Cissna balks at airport pat-down
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 1:13 AM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2011 6:52 AM CST
Alaska Rep. Sharon Cissna Takes 12-Hour Boat Ride After Rejecting TSA Search
A passenger undergoes a TSA pat-down at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

An Alaskan state lawmaker opted to spend 12 hours on a ferry home instead of submitting to what she described as an "invasive" TSA search at a Seattle airport. Sharon Cissna, a Democrat, says she was told she would have to be patted down after a body scan displayed the scars from her breast cancer, AP reports. TSA regulations state that officers "will need to see and touch your prosthetic device, cast, or support brace as part of the screening process."

"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!" Cissna said. "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." (Read more Sharon Cissna stories.)

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