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November 20, 2010

Cancer Surviving Flight Attendant Forced To Remove Prosthetic Breast During Pat-Down

Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down


A Charlotte-area flight attendant and cancer survivor contacted WBTV after she says she was forced to show her prosthetic breast during a pat-down.

Cathy Bossi lives in south Charlotte and has been a flight attendant for the past 32 years, working the past 28 for U.S. Airways.

In early August Bossie was walking through security when she says she was asked to go through the new full body-scanners at Concourse "D" at Charlotte Douglas International.

She reluctantly agreed. As a 3-year breast cancer survivor she says she didn't want the added radiation through her body. But, Bossi says she did agree.

"The T.S.A. Agent told me to put my I.D. on my back," she said. "When I got out of there she said because my I.D. was on my back, I had to go to a personal screening area."

She says two female Charlotte T.S.A. agents took her to a private room and began what she calls an aggressive pat down. She says they stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast… the one where she'd had surgery.

"She put her full hand on my breast and said, 'What is this?'. And I said, 'It's my prosthesis because I've had breast cancer.' And she said, 'Well, you'll need to show me that'."

Cathy was asked to show her prosthetic breast, removing it from her bra.

"I did not take the name of the person at the time because it was just so horrific of an experience, I couldn't believe someone had done that to me. I'm a flight attendant. I was just trying to get to work."

Since then, Cathy has contacted the Legislative Affairs Team, a group through the flight attendant union. She says she wants to see a crackdown on these personal pat downs.

"There are blowers and there are dogs out there that can sniff out bombs," she says. "There's no reason to have somebody's hands touching your body parts."

A T.S.A. representative says agents aren't supposed to remove any prosthetics, but are allowed to ask to see and touch any passenger's prosthetic.

T.S.A. says it will review this matter.


Wild Thing's comment.......

This is insanity and these Bastards have gone too far,They know better than doing this to these people.

Obama's administration pushes hiring these “low income”, affirmative action refugees, pin a tin badge on the jackasses, tell them they’re all powerful, and BAM – their heads swell

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at November 20, 2010 03:48 AM


This is the most disgusting treatment I have ever heard of. Their lack of respect for the dignity of another human being and callousness of this just shows we are headed down the wrong path with this kenyan half wit and his Keystone Unionized thugs.

Posted by: Mark at November 20, 2010 09:04 AM

Sniffer pigs are the answer. Take care of two problems at the same time.

Posted by: Bob A at November 20, 2010 10:09 AM

I would think the X-Ray would be preferable to say 1lb of Semtex brought on board in someone’s rectal cavity .We whine about profiling (I say do it) Body scans and pat downs, so the next time some dire act takes place because lack of a through security check I would love to hear the whiners response.. My advice to you is get over it and grow up.. We have managed to let the Terrorist steal our way of life and that should have never happened.. We went to War with the wrong country, now where were those hijackers from?? Bingo. Saudi Arabia no
Less.. In some quarters Security experts would like to implement Israeli methods and frankly if Americans are this upset over the TSA’s
Methods the Israeli security system would never fly…As George W Bush said we have to be right 100% of the time, they have only to be
Right once.. They are out there and grinning over all the fuss and a lot of people 9-11 is just a memory and nothing to worry
About..Yes it’s 10 PM do we know what our Fearless leader is doing or not doing.. Sleep well…

Israeli security experts say that it would be practically impossible for hijackers to commandeer a flight on El Al. Armed sky marshals in plain clothes reportedly fly in passenger seats on El Al flights -- a last line of defense should the airline's ground security systems fail. In addition, El Al cockpits are sealed off by two virtually impenetrable doors, which are not opened during flight.

"In Israel nobody can enter the cockpit -- never, never, never, never!" said former national police chief Assaf Hefetz. "It's impossible by force or by threats to enter the cockpit, and it's been like that for 20 years."

In 1970, a Palestinian hijacker was killed and another, Leila Khaled, was captured when an armed guard foiled their hijacking attempt during an El Al flight. At that time, Palestinians successfully commandeered four flights of other airliners, flying one plane to Cairo and three others to an empty Jordanian desert airfield. After releasing the hijacked passengers, the terrorists blew up the four captured planes, in fiery similarity to the September 2001 terrorist attacks.

According to Livneh, whose company, Sital International, advises airports and airlines on security matters, El Al is probably the only airline that places all its cargo in decompression chambers before takeoff. At least 10 planes have been blown up with explosives set off by a barometric fuse, sensitive to altitude, he told The Associated Press.

How do El Al's strict security measures affect its business? At a time when airlines around the world are cutting back on flights and personnel, El Al may be in a position to increase its market share. Two weeks ago Delta canceled its remaining flights to Israel and this week Swiss Air suspended all of its operations worldwide.

"The big plus with El Al is its security," Gaby Arbib, head analyst at National Consultants told the Jerusalem Post. "In the future, that could be a substantive advantage for El Al because of its years of experience."

According to reports, an increased fear of flying has led to a surge in demand for El Al flights. The company, which has suffered a major loss of business as tourism to Israel sharply dropped after the outbreak of Palestinian violence last year, may see its expected losses offset by renewed demand.

"Israelis were canceling their flights and then changing their minds, so we've had a lot of crossover from people who have expressed a desire to fly El Al," said Nachman Klieman, El Al's spokesman. "The demand has been tremendous."

El Al was the first airline to resume international flights out of the New York metropolitan area after America's airspace was reopened following the September 11th attacks. The increased demand for the airline's flights could be a temporary windfall if competitors begin to emulate El Al security techniques.

Posted by: gator at November 20, 2010 06:00 PM

A little mess up and I haven't a clue as to

Posted by: gator at November 20, 2010 06:04 PM

TSA: Fat-bootied, ignorant SEIU police-rejects.

Posted by: Anonymous at November 20, 2010 07:49 PM

Great input and BobA., thanks for the link in your comment.

Gator thank you for that about El Al.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 21, 2010 12:25 AM