42-year-old Denise Albert, a mom suffering from breast cancer was reduced to tears when a TSA agent recently tried to perform a cavity search in public.
She stated that she felt violated. She alerted the agent that she had medical cream in her bag when she was being searched.
Denise said the whole experience at LAX left her feeling humiliated.
She detailed the whole experience, from them removing her wig, exposing sores on her feet, and telling the TSA agents she had a medical port in her chest that she didn’t want them to touch – a warning that was completely ignored.
Ms. Albert said she notified the TSA about her medical port and removed the cream from her bag, as she has done numerous times before without an issue. But for some reason this visit didn’t go as planned.
The security pulled her to the side when she was told she would need to undergo a full-on body pat down if she wanted to take a medical cream with her.
She was forced to take her shoes off for a long time, which left her feet freezing.
They later requested to conduct the search in a separate room but Denise said that she couldn’t go in there because they wouldn’t return her boots.
The radio host said the agents then told her they would ‘apply pressure from head to toe’, and she decided to take her wig off, saying: ‘I didn’t want them to touch it, move it, or ruin it’.
At one point, an agent ‘forceab[ly] and aggressively put her hands down my jeans in the back’, Denise wrote, before adding that they ‘aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public’.
Video footage has now emerged of one woman touching her chest.
Denise has also undergone a lumpectomy to remove a growth from her breast.
She can be seen pulling back in the video before saying several times, ‘You can’t touch me there.’
The agents are supposed to ask if a person has any tender areas.
Later, when going through her bags, they joked about finding her fake eyelashes, which was actually her hair due to her cancer treatment.
A supervisor finally intervened and gave Albert a ‘regular soft pat down’ inside a private room.