TSA Advice? Bilateral Mastectomy
I am looking for advice about getting through TSA screening without extra embarrassment.
I had a bilateral mastectomy, no reconstruction, all healed now. I am comfortable with this new body in everyday situations and also at my community swimming pool where I work out without prostheses. But I am terrified of TSA.
During chemo (before surgery), I had a terrible TSA experience. I was seriously underweight and had no hair and looked … you know how I looked. They pulled me out of line, emptied all of my luggage, threw out all the food I had with me because of the chemo nausea, and gave me the most invasive pat-down I have ever experienced. All of this was in view of about a hundred people. I had to fly to get to my next chemo infusion so I got through it and got on the plane. I have not flown since. Two years later, I am wondering if the rest of my life is going to be limited by not being able to fly. My fear of TSA is getting worse, not better.
I don't understand what the screening will be like. I don't understand what they will be able to see, and what they will do when they see that I don't have a "normal" body. I don't understand what I could do to make additional screening less likely. And I don't know how to find out.
Thank you. I appreciate the information this community has provided in the past few years. -lena