Flight Attendant Removes Prosthetic Breast for TSA Screening

by: cancercompass

Cathy Bossi is accustomed to airports, airplanes, and making sure passengers arrive to their destinations safely. A flight attendant for the last 32 years, this veteran frequent flier and breast cancer survivor refused to go through the full-body scanner at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport last week because she did not want to receive the additional radiation from the screening. Bossi instead opted for the TSA pat-down.

According to Bossi, during her private security check, a female TSA agent asked Bossi to remove her prosthetic breast.

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

According to WBTV, a TSA spokesperson said TSA agents are allowed to see and touch passengers’ prostheses. However, they are not allowed to ask passengers to remove them. TSA later told WBTV that they would review the Bossi situation.

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