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Mo woman says airport pat down violated her

(CNN) - A Missouri woman said she feels violated after an airport pat-down.

Marcia Deitrick flew from Kansas City to Indianapolis to celebrate her 5 year anniversary of beating cancer.

She went through security and a body scan as usual.

Then she said a TSA agent asked her to step aside.

She said what happened next makes Deitrich sick to her stomach.

"I'm standing there with my arms in the air and the agent is feeling my chest and everybody is looking at me I'm sure wondering what does this woman have on her chest? What's wrong with her chest?" Deitrick said.

Deitrick says she told the agent she has silicone implants from reconstructive surgery and that chemotherapy left her breasts with 20 inches of scar tissue.

But the agent she said never asked if she wanted a private pat-down or if the area was too tender to be touched.

Deitrick says she was caught off-guard and forgot to ask.

"I was just dumbstruck. I just stood there while she ran her hands around my breasts and across them," Deitrick said.

Deitrick says those moments made her feel violated.

"I was just so shocked that I was numb and as the days went by, I got angry. I thought, 'I don't want this to happen to me again and I don't want it to happen to another woman either," she said.

A TSA spokesperson said "despite advances in technology, a physical pat-down is still necessary in some cases."

The spokesperson went on to say, "we work to make our screening process as minimally invasive as possible while still providing the level of security Americans want and deserve."

 

 

 

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