*”The 2 TSA Agents on my video went too far,” is what “The MOMS” co-founder, Denise Albert, wrote on the shows website as she described how agents from the Transportation Security Administration at LAX took her through a “horrific” and demeaning pat down on Sunday because she had medical cream in her carry on luggage.
The cream, which she has had clearance for on past flights, is related to her breast cancer treatment. Albert was diagnosed in 2015 with early stage breast cancer and began chemo and radiation in February after having a lumpectomy.
Albert told PIX11 Morning News, where she is a frequent guest, that the agents pulled her to the side for a manual body search after they discovered she had the cream.
“I don’t know what was different this time but TSA agents aggressively attempted to do a body cavity search in public,” Albert wrote in the post. “I was TSA pre-checked and once through the scanner they asked me to take off my shoes. I explained I didn’t have socks on and that my cream is for an infection from my current treatment, including on my feet.”
Cold feet is often the result of chemo.
Albert, who has been quite transparent with her fans about her ordeal, said the agents also forced her to remove her wig. She says she was barefoot for the better part of 20 minutes.
“I told them my feet were freezing. They refused to help me. The woman reached behind me and forcible and aggressively put her hands down my jeans in the back,” she explained. “When I kept asking why they needed to do all of this, they kept saying because I wanted to bring medical cream on the plane.”
It was all caught on camera and didn’t end until a supervisor appeared and escorted Albert to a private room “for a regular soft pat down.”
Albert says all of her bags were checked.
Conflicting rules of protocol appear on the TSA website which states pre-checked passengers actually do not have to remove their shoes; nor do passengers with medical issues.
Of course the customary statement has been made by TSA.
“The Transportation Security Administration takes reports of alleged impropriety very seriously.”
“TSA is currently looking into the specific details as to what occurred during the screening process to ensure our security protocols were followed,” the statement continued. “We regret any distress the security screening process may have caused the passenger. We will work with the passenger directly to address her concerns.”
Let’s just see if ‘her concerns’ include slapping a lawsuit on their asses.