VIDEO: TSA Assaults Disabled Cancer Patient Returning Home From Treatment

A new video shows the shocking incident of a disabled woman left beaten and bloodied by the Transportation Security Administration as she returned home following treatment for a brain tumor.

Hannah Cohen, 19

Hannah Cohen, 19

On June 30, Hannah Cohen, 19 — who is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and prone to confusion, due to the aggressive cancer treatment she is undergoing — was returning home from a treatment at St. Jude Hospital with her mother Shirley at the Memphis Shelby County Airport.

Damage from radiation treatments and the removal of a brain tumor have limited her ability to “speak, walk, stand, see, hear, care for herself, learn and work, think, concentrate, and interact with others.”

At the security checkpoint, Hannah set off the metal detector meaning she required further screening. She became frightened, confused, and attempted to flee from the agents. Her mother attempted to get to her scared daughter, but TSA would not allow it. Shirley looked on in horror as her daughter was brutally tackled, her head smashing into the ground.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” her mother explained.

Hannah, who should have been on her way home to rest and recover, was arrested and booked — though charges were ultimately dropped.

Following the horrific incident, a spokesperson for the TSA released a statement — essentially blaming Hannah and her family for the violence agents used against her.

“Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation,” the TSA spokesperson said in a statement.

The family has now filed a lawsuit against the Memphis police, airport police and the TSA, seeking $100,000 in physical and emotional damages.

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TSA blames airport passengers for long lines

DENVER (CBS4)– Long lines at security checkpoints at airports across the nation seem to be getting worse and the Transportation Safety Administration is putting some of the responsibility on passengers.

“We are not here today to blame passengers, but it is one contributing factor to long lines at the airports,” Mark Howell, TSA Regional Spokesperson, said Thursday.

Security lines at DIA (credit: CBS)


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Security lines have caused headaches and delays for passengers around the country. On Thursday, agents staged an unscientific show and tell at Chicago’s hard-hit Midway airport to illustrate how prohibited items like water bottles and knives back up the lines.

“When we are able to process passengers quickly through the line when they don’t have those bottles of water, pocket knives and other prohibited items, they went through in about a minute and 50 seconds for 10 passengers,” Howell told reporters.

CBS4’s Kelly Werthmann spoke with travelers at Denver International Airport and found a few who agree with TSA.(credit: CBS)

“They bring just too much stuff,” passenger Glenn Hoge said of other travelers. “Just too much stuff onto carry-on, water bottles… it slows down the line.”

But others, like Diane Foley, believe the TSA is pointing the finger in the wrong direction.

“I think people have been going through TSA long enough that you know what you need to do,” Foley said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily people, it’s in understaffed issue.”

The agency is hiring an extra 768 screeners nationwide over the next month to help with the crowds. However, TSA says a boom in air travel will likely keep checkpoints packed.

“We are seeing an average of seven percent more passengers from last year to this year and some larger airports up to 15 percent more,” Howell said.

Travel is expected to hit new records this summer, including at DiA. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend could be the busiest ever.

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Airport’s MASSIVE TSA Security Line Goes Viral

A Frustrated Traveler’s Video of Massive Airport TSA Security Line Goes Viral: VIDEO

Viral video of extremely long TSA security lines at Midway airport were seen close to 1,000,000 times in the first day !

Okay, So we have all been here before right? Standing in line for some ridiculous bull-sh*t,running late because of difficulties with TSA security lines, but now it seems like the problem is getting worse – this is another example of massive TSA security lines at United-States airports. As one frustrated traveler at Chicago’s Midway airport illustrated, drawing attention to the problem by shooting a video of the line he had to endure, and watching as the footage is still going viral.

“Oh no, we’re just getting started, says passenger Sean H, as he snakes around corner after corner in a seemingly endless labyrinth filled with passengers and their bags.

The viral video clip comes at a point in time when the TSA security has already been facing increased scrutiny over it’s poor performance, recently there have been threats from airports saying that would replace it with private contractors.

Last week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey suggested it would replace the United-States Transportation Safety Administration with private contractors if it did not improve its “abysmal” performance. The Port Authority’s letter to the TSA echoes sentiments expressed in a similar letter in February by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the nation’s busiest airport. The Port Authority, which operates the JFK International and La’Guardia airports in New York and Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, is urging the TSA to increase resources for its security-screening services.

The House Oversight Committee on Thursday held a hearing with the head of the TSA about poor performance:

“I share your concerns,” he said. “I hold those who violate standards accountable.”

The Transportation security agency has come under fire recently for increasingly long security lines at airports. Some airlines have said that the increase in wait times has caused passengers to miss flights. Some airports, such as Seattle-Tacoma International airport frustrated by the TSA security lines say they are considering Dropping TSA for Private Security.

TSA Security administrator Peter Neffenger, seen here in November, has asked Congress for a slight increase in screeners for 2017.

Transportation Security Administration administrator Peter Neffenger, seen here in November, has asked Congress for a slight increase in screeners for 2017. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Mr. Peter Neffenger,  (Transportation Security Administration) administrator said the long lines were a result of staffing shortages and higher-than-forecast passenger numbers.

While ABC 7 Chicago reported that the queue was about an hour long, social media users said it was double even triple that, with one saying that the line went as far as to the car park out side.

We here @Wearechange.org suggest that you always prepare for a extended and difficult flight, dress comfortably, arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to board your plane, don’t forget to relax, listen to calming music, bring a book to read. With in the anti-corruption, alternative media community we knew with the formation of the TSA, and with  the stringent security protocols enacted with the NDAA, that global transportation in the post 9/11 world was going to be a representation of everything that we dislike about the tyrannical, authoritarian, paranoid police state, and sadly it does not look like it will be loosening up its grasp on the people anytime soon.

“It is only going to get worse as travel ramps up in the spring and summer,” says Doug Parker, chief executive at American Airlines, which has seen more bags miss flights in Miami because of delays getting them screened by TSA security.

“We all want security at airports, but TSA has an obligation to be properly staffed to handle the traffic. Currently they are well understaffed and there don’t seem to be any plans in place to address the shortage.”


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TSA Claims They No Longer Retaliate Against Whistleblowers

On Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration chief administrator claimed before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the agency is no longer going after whistleblowers.

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While testifying on Thursday morning, the TSA’s Peter Neffenger asserted that the agency has made great strides against the controversial retaliation since he took over in July of last year. Many whistleblowers had previously come forward stating that employees who dared to question or report fraud and abuse would be reassigned against their will or forced into early retirement.

“I discontinued directed reassignments explicitly,” Neffenger told the committee. “I don’t tolerate that. It’s illegal, unethical and most of those people doing directed reassignments no longer work at the agency.”

He claimed that employees are now encouraged to come forward with their concerns, and can speak with him directly instead of going through other channels.

“So if there are people watching this at TSA who feel they are being wrongfully retaliated against, you’re saying you have an open door?” Representative Elijah E. Cummings asked.

“They can come directly to me,” Neffenger replied.

Neffenger was brought to lead the agency one month after auditors were able to smuggle fake weapons and explosives past screeners 67 out 70 times during testing.

The TSA chief explained that he found “systematic problems” with the training of agents and their use of the equipment when he first took over, and forced all employees to go through a two month long retraining — including some of the highest level senior management.

Many Republican lawmakers favor privatizing the agency, while many Democrats, including President Barack Obama, are calling for it to remain a government agency — and for Congress to approve more funding.

“Certainly some of the challenges that they’re facing right now could be alleviated if they got all of the funding that we would like to see them have,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Wednesday. “So once again, a problem that people have noticed can be traced back pretty directly to the inability of Republicans in Congress to govern the country.”

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TSA Agents Grope and Humiliate Paralyzed Olympic Champion

The Transportation Security Administration is admitting their mistake and claiming that agents “did not follow correct screening protocols,” after they “humiliated” a wheelchair-bound six-time Olympic champion at the Denver Airport over the weekend.

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is a famed Olympic swimmer who was in an ATV crash in 2014 that left her paralyzed from the waist down, she now uses a wheelchair for mobility.

On Sunday, Van Dyken-Rouen was at the Denver International Airport where she was subjected to a full body search, despite having TSA’s Pre-Check pass. She immediately took to Instagram to detail the incident and speak out against their actions.

“With the positive in my journey, there is also negative. Need to make changes for all in ??. @denairport @tsa pre check officer was rude, and in correct. Said every airport in country BUT Den is doing it wrong. Had a full body pat down, and was humiliated by him as well. Thank you STSO Keith Rogers!!! I’m going to find out if the rest of the country is wrong, or if HE is wrong. I’ll get back to you,” Van Dyken-Rouen wrote in the Instagram caption.

She also spoke to the Denver ABC affiliate and told them that, “they go around your breasts, they basically go under your butt and the just grab things, not grab, they touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing.”

On Monday, the TSA released a statement that the officers involved in the incident were being retrained.

“TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process. TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well,” the statement said.

Van Dyken-Rouen hopes that by speaking out she will help prevent the same embarrassment from happening to others.

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“It’s really sad, I just want to help other people out who don’t have a voice, just fair treatment for everybody, respect for everybody, that’s all we need,” Van Dyken-Rouen stated.

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