Disabled Teen Sues Airport For Being Abused By Security

| by Michael Howard
Hannah Cohen after the incidentHannah Cohen after the incident

A 19-year-old suffering from a brain tumor was manhandled and bloodied by TSA agents at Memphis International Airport before being led away in handcuffs.

Hannah Cohen was on her way home after receiving treatment for her brain tumor at St. Jude Hospital, according to WREG.

As she walked through a security checkpoint, the metal detector went off.

"They wanted to do further scanning," said Shirley Cohen, Hannah's mother. "She was reluctant, she didn't understand what they were about to do."

Shirley said she tried to explain her daughter's condition to the TSA agents, but they refused to listen. Hannah is partially deaf, blind in one eye, partially paralyzed and easily confused.

"She's trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor," Shirley said. "There was blood everywhere."

Hannah was then arrested and booked into jail.

"Here we were with nowhere to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone [back home] to Chattanooga," Shirley said.

The charges against Hannah were eventually dropped, but the Cohens have since filed a lawsuit against the Memphis Airport, Airport Police and the TSA, according to WREG.

In response, the TSA released the following statement:

"Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation."

The TSA has come under increased scrutiny in recent years, with thousands of people missing flights due to excessively long security lines.

In May, Kelly Hoggan was removed from his position as the TSA's head of security operations, according to The Associated Press.

Sources: WREG, Associated Press via KSN / Photo credit: WREG via Raw Story

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