Another reason why I do not want to fly…

In a week that has provided a story about an undercover breach of the body scan system with a female agent passing through Dallas/Fort Worth multiple times, with a gun secured to her bra, I thought I’d highlight the following story about body scans leading to physical searches.

So, you take the body scan at the airport to avoid the body pat-down/search.

Only, you already know that the scan will show evidence of your past breast cancer treatments.

This has happened before, and you know that you will be required to submit to a search. What do you do?

Well, if you are Representative Sharon Cissna (D), from Alaska, you take a ferry.

An Alaska state lawmaker is making her way back to the state capital of Juneau after refusing what she called an invasive pat-down search at a Seattle airport.

Rep. Sharon Cissna, D-Anchorage, underwent a body scan as she was preparing to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday. In a statement released late Monday, she said scan results displayed – as they had during a prior episode three months earlier – the scars from her breast cancer.

This caught the attention of the Transportation Safety Administration, Cissna said, but she refused to submit to the “invasive, probing hands of a stranger” this time.

“Facing the agent I began to remember what my husband and I’d decided after the previous intensive physical search. That I never had to submit to that horror again!” she said. “It would be difficult, we agreed, but I had the choice to say no, this twisted policy did not have to be the price of flying to Juneau.”

While some people understand that the intensive pat-downs are a serious concern, there are some folks who get a giggle from the stories of people riled up about searches; however, think about it: What if you have been through a physical trauma or have been the victim of physical or sexual abuse/moslestation? Not a funny issue.