July 26, 2011- Thomas Sawyer, a survivor of bladder cancer, began to make headlines in November, 2010 when a Transportation Security Administration security pat down drenched him in his own urine. He has just filed another complaint with the TSA.
The 62 year old Michigan man says that agents from TSA soaked his pants by removing the urostomy bag despite his warnings.
He wears the bag to collect his urine via an abdominal hole. He was on his way through the Detroit Metro Airport to fly to Orlando when TSA agents singled him out for a pat down.
He says that, “before I could even speak a word that I want it done privately the agent started patting me down in front of everyone.” He told them he had a medical condition and the agent replied he knew and kept going on with the pat down.
The procedures for TSA agents are to provide a screening in private for those that may need to display a covered medical device or have their clothing lifted.
Upon his return from his trip to Orlando he filed his complaint with the TSA on July 20th. He says the pat down was rough and his urostomy bag was squeezed hard on various occasions.
A spokesperson for the TSA would only say every claim by passengers is taken seriously and this one is under review to see if procedures were properly followed.