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Updated May 25, 2012 - 2:50 pm

TSA allegedly 'humiliates' woman at Phoenix Sky Harbor

A Phoenix woman said she was "humiliated" by the TSA during a recent security screening at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

According to ABC15, Cindy Gates is a breast cancer survivor who wears a prosthetic breast.

Knowing the prosthetic generally raises concern at airport security, Gates informed TSA that she had a prosthetic breast. After being told she would require a pat-down, Gates requested a private area. The agent allegedly refused and began feeling Gates' breast.

Gates claims she was then told to remove the prosthetic and again requested a private room to do so, and again the TSA agent declined. She then said she was so upset that she pulled out the prosthetic and threw it on a table.

A TSA representative said they have not received the formal complaint from Gates but will look into it. Policy states that passengers wearing prosthetic breasts should not be asked to remove it and passengers are entitled to private screenings.

Gates said she has notified TSA of the situation and is considering legal action.

Watch the report from ABC15 here:


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