by Mike Masnick

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airport search, canada, privacy, security

82-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Demands Apology From Airport Security Over Screening

from the threat-assessment dept

This isn't a TSA story, since it takes place up in Canada, but it involves the Canadian equivalent, who apparently had a bit of trouble dealing with an 82-year-old woman who had a (gel-filled) prosthetic breast to replace the one she lost in a mastectomy due to breast cancer. By failing to alert them to this "gel" on her body, she was later accused of lying to officials. She was also put through one of the lovely new full body scanner machines, in which passengers are required to lift their hands above their head. The problem? This woman is no longer able to do so. Rather than understanding this, security officials told her she had to. She then tried to lift her left arm with her right arm, and again security told her she was not allowed to do that. At this point she broke down and started crying. Eventually, security did let her get on the plane, but you have to ask what exactly they accomplished here in embarrassing this woman and making her cry.

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    Jay (profile), 17 Jan 2011 @ 10:12am


    How airport security does it?

    They enforce and become mini dictators of a situation. More than likely, no one asked her what was the problem. Usually, it's like programming

    Do X
    If X :=Y,

    Do Z
    If Z :=X


    (No, it's not a serious program. It's to say that people can't go past what they do to control a situation. I bet if ONE person had asked, it may have given her time to tell her story.)

    The entire environment of security theater is the problem here. I don't know how big the bureacracy of Canada is for airports but when you have people not beholden to the airport for their screwups, there's bound to be problems.

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