Woman accuses TSA of groping her

April 24, 2009 7:34:33 PM PDT
A Bay Area breast cancer survivor is asking the Transportation Security Administration for an apology, after she says she endured a humiliating experience at the airport.

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Linda Speicher, 66, of Moraga says a guard stopped her after she passed through a full body imaging scanner in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month.

Speicher had a mastectomy on her left breast, and wears a prosthesis. She says the guard told her she needed to check her left breast and then patted her down in front of everyone.

I don't think any woman, anyone would like to have that kind of invasive treatment done to them in public," Speicher said.

The TSA has not responded to Speicher's incident, but on its Web site, it says patting down sensitive areas of the body is a critical element in ensuring the safety of the flying public.

It also says private screening will be offered. Speicher says that did not happen in her case.

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