Alaska's Rep. Sharon Cissna says she'd already been body-scanned when the TSA agents at Sea-Tac told her she'd need a pat-down too. The reason: Her mastectomy was somehow throwing off the scanning machine.
That's the word from Cissna's chief of staff Michelle Scannell, anyhow, after the Alaska lawmaker stormed out of the airport on Sunday and canceled her trip.
TSA spokesman Kwika Riley was asked to respond to Cissna's comments when contacted by The Associated Press. But a general statement issued later did not mention her or her claims, saying the agency is "sensitive to the concerns of passengers who were not satisfied with their screening experience and we invite those individuals to provide feedback to TSA."
Though the TSA spokesperson seems content to avoid the issue of whether Cissna's breast surgery could have fooled the body-scan machine, a cursory search online shows that this isn't the first time a post-mastectomy woman has experienced the phenomenon.