There are many of us in America scratching our heads over the TSA. Some of their restrictions seem to be a kind of feel-good-theater of the absurd meant to make Americans think that the government can actually prevent terrorist attacks. But the news out of Memphis today is disturbing.
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Hannah Cohen, 19, has a brain tumor that’s left her partially deaf and blind in one eye. Her condition causes confusion. Yet she has to travel in order to receive treatments. This has always bee routine, until her run in with the TSA in Memphis this week.
Cohen was moving through security in the Memphis Airport when they asked for her to do some additional screening. Confused, Cohen was reluctant to comply. This ended in a physical confrontation that left her bloodied, and she was then arrested.
How did it come to this? How does Hannah Cohen, returning from her regular trip to St. Jude’s hospital to her home in Chattanooga–traveling with her mother, no less–end with the teenage girl looking like this?
“They wanted to do further scanning,” Cohen’s mother told CBS news. “She was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do.”
When the TSA decided there was a need for additional screening, they kept Hanna’s mother away.
“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,” said Cohen.
Instead of making it home–a trip she’s been making for 17 of her 19 years, Hannah ends up arrested, and jailed in Memphis. To add to the irony, this was end of Hannah’s treatments.
“Here we were with no where to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” said Hannah’s mother.
The charges against the girl have been thrown out. The Cohen’s, as would be expected, are suing.
For their part, the TSA has this to say: “Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”