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Aug 21, 2019 02:59PM
arby, TSA screeners can be invasive when you're not wearing a prosthesis!
Mid-morning on Aug 10th, I just got through the security checkpoints at the Seattle airport and was waiting for my carry-on and purse to come off the roller. A TSA agent pulled me aside and said they had to do an "explosive check," that they found some residue on my wheelchair.
Heck, I was only on the wheelchair for less than 10 minutes and I'm sure several others used it before me for earlier flights.
I was asked if I wanted to be checked right there or in a private room. I opted, I think wisely, to be checked in public...even though it was quite humiliating.
They called over a female TSA agent who gently checked every external part of my body, and I mean every.
I guess even a granny can be a terrorist but, hey, I'm 75 years old, hair as white as snow and have difficulty walking. I chalked it up to them having to do their job.
Sharing this so others realize, in this day and age, you never know what to expect at the airport. Arrive at least two hours prior to your plane's departure time for national flights (three hours for international). You can be detained when you least expect it. If you're a cancer patient, get a wheelchair if you have fatigue or any other side effects.
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