Woman Battling Cancer Describes 'Humiliation' During LA Airport Security Search

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 201729 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Denise Albert, an American TV and radio host who has breast cancer, shared video on December 5 of what she described as a “humiliating” public search by Transportation Security Administration (<span class="caps">TSA</span>) agents at Los Angeles International Airport.

Albert, a host of the <a href="http://themoms.com/about-the-moms/" target="_blank"><span class="caps">MOMS</span> on Sirius XM</a>, who was undergoing chemotherapy as part of treatment for breast cancer, said she felt “violated” as two <span class="caps">TSA</span> agents forced her to remove her wig and her shoes. Her feet, she said, were affected by a painful condition caused by the treatment, preventing her from walking barefoot.

The video here shows a female <span class="caps">TSA</span> agent using her hands to search Albert’s legs and groin area. She then tries to place her hands near Albert’s breasts, but Albert stops her. Albert, visibly upset, tells the agents she has breast cancer, has had a lumpectomy, and has a metal post in her chest. Another male agent is then seen trying to explain to Albert that the search has to take place before she can be allowed proceed to her flight.

Albert said that after the video ended she lifted her shirt for the agents, rather than have them touching her breasts. A supervisor was then called, who Albert said was “kind enough to have more compassion,” and who brought her to a private room for a “soft pat down.”

She said that after the search, her bags were opened and everything was removed, and a <span class="caps">TSA</span> agent joked about the amount of false eyelashes she had. Albert said she told them it was because of the loss of her real eyelashes due to her cancer treatment.

Albert said that after she spoke to various news organizations, a representative of Los Angeles International Airport apologized to her, told her an investigation was underway, said the <span class="caps">TSA</span> staff had failed to meet expectations on how to screen people with medical conditions or disabilities, and told her new training would be given to the airport’s approximately 3,000 employees.

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