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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

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Sharon Cissna, Alaska State Rep., Leaves Sea-Tac Airport in Protest After Pat-Down Ordered on Mysterious Mastectomy

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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.

The AP reports this morning:

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.

An article by Sandra Fish of Politics Daily recounts the same experience she had at Denver's International Airport:

A funny thing happened to me at airport security this week: The full-body scanner appeared to detect my fake left breast.

Of course Fish didn't let the agent's subsequent pat-down/feel-up ruin her trip.

Back to the TSA. As the security screening woman felt me up, I mentioned to her that I have an implant, the result of mastectomy. She relayed the information to those unseen through her microphone.

A few seconds later, she sent me on my way. And I tweeted and Facebooked about the experience.

Cissna doesn't appear to have a Twitter account. And her Facebook wall remains bare.

Something tells me this won't be the last we hear from her about it, though.

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