An unidentified cancer victim, who suffers from incontinence, was allegedly humiliated last week when a TSA agent loudly announced in an airport, “He’s wearing a diaper,” before laughing and subjecting the man to a strip search.
The man reportedly suffers from an overactive bladder as a result of prostate cancer and has to wear an adult diaper.
The cancer victim's wife, also unidentified, posted her account of the incident on CafeMom.com:
(The female TSA agent) called over to another (male) officer (the boss, I guess) and explained the situation to him out loud in front of everyone else still going through the line. The problem was he did not understand what an “incontinence product” was when she told him.
Myself, DH, and the female TSA employee tried explaining a few times before the woman finally just shouted ” HE IS WEARING A DIAPER” which caused pretty much everyone to turn and stare at us (smaller airport so not that many people). The TSA officer then snickered which was almost enough for me to go off but I really didn’t want to make an even bigger scene then there already was.
Four TSA screeners took the cancer victim to a back room where they kept asking him if he had liquid in his pants, apparently unaware of the meaning of the word “incontinent."
TSA screeners subjected the cancer victim to another pat down before asking him to “drop his pants” so that they could examine the “suspicious padding," which was his diaper.
The cancer victim was forced to change into another adult diaper so that TSA agents could determine that his wet diaper was not an explosive.
According to RT.com, the cancer victim and his wife were eventually cleared for flying and most of the TSA officers later apologized.
The wife wrote that it was “quite possibly one of the most embarrassing times” in their lives and her husband cried afterwards.
In 2011, the TSA forced a 95-year-old woman, also a cancer victim, to remove her adult diaper, reported the New York Daily News.
The TSS later defended the action, "While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner. We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure."
Sources: RT.com, CafeMom.com, New York Daily News