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Posted at 8:56 AM ET, 11/24/2010

Apology for a TSA 'pat-down'

By Michael D. Bolden

Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole apologized Tuesday to a Michigan man who had urine spilled on his clothing after a pat-down at Detroit Metro Airport. Tha man Thomas Sawyer, 61, is a bladder cancer survivor and had a urostomy bag under his clothing, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Of course I was very gracious and accepted his apology," Sawyer told the Free Press.

Read more: TSA apologizes to Michigan man for pat down | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101122/FEATURES07/101122050/TSA-apologizes-to-Michigan-man-for-pat-down#ixzz16CzRXnBG
The TSA said on its blog Wednesday that Pistole promised to investigate the incident.

"We're reviewing the training that's already being provided to our officers to see if needs to be updated," the blog said.

The TSA said passengers with disabilities can contact the TSA to coordinate their screening before arriving at the airport.

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By Michael D. Bolden  | November 24, 2010; 8:56 AM ET
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Comments

I plan to give loud, orgasmic moans while they touch my stuff.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | November 24, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Ahh it is good to see the SHEEPLE being brought under control by the State. Welcome to the new Police State of America. After all, PSA sounds better than USA. Say it fast and it sounds exactly like some of us feel (need to add 'off" at the end). Now that Body Scanning has become accepted at airports, how about instituting them at bus and train stations, Malls, grocery stores etc. The sky is the limit!!!!!!! Gone is the country we grew up in.

Posted by: yard80197 | November 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I can’t recall any American trying take down an airplane over the last hundred years. A hundred years! Can anyone recall an American trying to take down a plane over the last 100 years? Bueller? Anyone? and patting down little kids is truly a national embarrassment if not a right out obscenity… I’m truly embarrassed for the TSA management. Shame on you! . Quite frankly fellas, Americans are very proud that the airplane was invented by an American in the good ole USA, if the TSA management didn’t get their head wrap up so tight over worrying they’d see the obvious embarrassment and mockery that the system has become. I don’t blame the TSA at all, I blame the management. Score one for Bin Laden.

Posted by: steve_real | November 24, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

On a more practical level: Having snaked many hundreds of us passengers into twisting lines, set between high concrete walls, who among us believes that a detonation in an unprotected area like this where we have been herded up, will not have the very impact terrorists seek? At least the Homeland Security people will not be in line with us and thus will be able comfortably claim that it was somehow not their fault. They can probably even blame TSA for it when it happens, which is inevitable. I feel better just knowing they will be safe, even if we are not, and will have someone to blame.

Posted by: inquiringmind3 | November 24, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Having snaked many hundreds of us passengers into twisting lines, set between high concrete walls, who among us believes that a detonation in an unprotected area like this where we have been herded up, will not have the very impact terrorists seek? At least the Homeland Security people will not be in line with us and thus will be able comfortably claim that it was somehow not their fault. They can probably even blame TSA for it when it happens, which is inevitable. I feel better just knowing they will be safe, even if we are not, and will have someone to blame.

Posted by: inquiringmind3 | November 24, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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