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.
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.