My First Injustice Just 7 Days After Surgery.

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Crohned
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 5/29/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I flew home from Cleveland somewhat emergently to seek the care of my GI post subtotal colectomy/ileostomy.  My pain was out of control and I was flying in a state of absolute survival mode.  I was escorted through the Salt Lake City Airport via wheelchair so was able to bypass the long check in lines, however that meant they would have to "pat me down" and look through all my belongings. 
 
The TSA woman was very brisk with her "patting down", she patted every area of my body including around my breasts and had me stand to feel under my bottom.  When it came time for her to touch my abd I allowed her to feel around and over my hand which was protecting my new stoma.  She wanted to feel everything, she demanded that I remove my hand.  I said "NO", we are done here, you are not touching me anymore.  She got her supervisor who stuck her head right in my face and said, If you don't cooperate you will not be allowed to fly today.  Let us feel your abd.  I explained that I had just had surgery and they didn't need to feel anything.
 
She pushed me to the point of absolute hysteria.  I was crying and saying No, you cannot touch me, your violating my body.  Finally, in a fit of pain and rage I told them to F-off (which I rarely use) and in retrospect, probably should not have said because it was then that they called the police who said I could either cooperate or be escorted out of the airport. 
 
 I was escorted to the little private room and removed my pants so they could visualize my surgical site.  I was crying and angry, I tore my pants down and stood there for them to see me in all of my stoma and surgical site glory.  I asked, "Are you satisfied"  The woman said, "I really don't know whey you are making such a big deal about this, we see these come through here a lot."  I said, "Yah, I bet you do, but you had never seen mine."
 
How humiliating. I refuse to fly.  I'm in the process of typing some letters to the Department of Defense and maybe even Mr. Prez himself.
Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  Remicaid, Pred, Dipentum, FishOil, 6MP, Vitamins  
 


Arundinaria
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 160
   Posted 5/29/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry that events like this have come to pass. I applaud your stand and sympathize deeply for your ortification. You are not alone. Arundinaria
When there are no more choices, tha decision is easy!


JudyK89
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   Posted 5/29/2007 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, so sorry Crohned,

The least they could have done is ask you if you'd like a little privace from the first. You obviously were in pain, traveling in a wheel chair, yes they could have handled it a little better.

On the other hand, as inconvenient as it can be sometimes, I'm glad they're pretty thorough as a rule. I feel a little safer when flying because of it.

That does NOT excuse their behavior towards you though, if you want, I'll send a letter also, or we can send a slew of e mails from this site to let them know how we feel about our privacy being invaded in public.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, now on antibiotics and prednisone, currently awaiting liver biopsy to see where we go from here.
 
 


Crohned
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 5/29/2007 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I was pretty much hoping there would be some people who would want to take action on this sort of thing.  Unfortunately, I'm still in the hospital with a wound vac healing a post-surgical infection wound.  I don't know where to begin with my letters. 
 
I would appreciate it if we could find a website and those of you who would like to express your concerns could make comment.  Maybe we could make flying for ostimates less traumatic.
Crohn's/Colitis 2003.  Remicaid, Pred, Dipentum, FishOil, 6MP, Vitamins  
 


JudyK89
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 1986
   Posted 5/30/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, here's a starting point:

http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, now on antibiotics and prednisone, currently awaiting liver biopsy to see where we go from here.
 
 

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