Breast Cancer Survivor Gets Public Patdown at JFK

To follow up on Rica’s post from Sunday, the Associated Press says that the head of the TSA’s JFK security called Lori Dorn to apologize after she was subjected to a humiliating public patdown at JFK Airport even though she offered to produce documentation about her medical implants.

The story, after the jump.

AP — A breast cancer survivor says she was subjected to a humiliating public patdown at JFK Airport even though she offered to produce documentation about her medical implants.

Lori Dorn said on her website that the incident was an insult to injury and caused her a great deal of humiliation.

The New York business consultant was heading to San Francisco last week when a full-body scanner detected her prostheses.

She said TSA refused to let her retrieve documentation, including a card issued by the manufacturer.

The Daily News says Dorn reported on her Twitter account Monday that the head of the TSA’s JFK security called her to apologize.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said Dorn’s medical documentation wouldn’t have spared her a patdown but it would have been down privately.

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