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Breast cancer survivor humiliated at US airport

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Summary of story from CBS News, October 4, 2011

A breast cancer survivor was subjected to a humiliating public pat-down at New York’s John F Kennedy (JFK) airport recently, even though she offered to produce documentation about her medical implants.

Business consultant Lori Dorn was heading to San Francisco last week when a full-body scanner detected her prostheses.

Ms Dorn explained she had recently undergone bilateral mastectomy and had tissue expanders implanted for future breast reconstruction.

But a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent refused to let her retrieve documentation from her wallet that explained the type of expanders, serial numbers and her doctor’s information.

“I had no choice but to allow an agent to touch my breasts in front of other passengers,” she said.

Ms Dorn said she received an apology from a JFK official “who agreed that proper policy wasn’t followed.”

In its own blog, the TSA said it regretted the incident: “We do our best to treat passengers with the dignity and respect they deserve, but in Lori Dorn’s case, it looks like we missed our mark.”

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