Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down

From WBTV.com:

In early August Bossie was walking through security when she says she was asked to go through the new full body-scanners at Concourse “D” at Charlotte Douglas International.

She reluctantly agreed. As a 3-year breast cancer survivor she says she didn’t want the added radiation through her body. But, Bossi says she did agree.

“The T.S.A. Agent told me to put my I.D. on my back,” she said. “When I got out of there she said because my I.D. was on my back, I had to go to a personal screening area.”

She says two female Charlotte T.S.A. agents took her to a private room and began what she calls an aggressive pat down. She says they stopped when they got around to feeling her right breast… the one where she’d had surgery.

“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’. And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.”

Cathy was asked to show her prosthetic breast, removing it from her bra.

(via Boing Boing)

Books I Read in 2009.

The other day I posted a list of books I read in 2010 and several people have emailed me asking me to post the list for 2009 (the year in which I started keeping track) so here you have it.

Someone in the comments asked for a synopsis or review of each book which I’m not going to go back to do but if you have any questions or want to start a discussion then feel free to leave a comment.

Going back through the dates, I see that I didn’t want to go near a book in February… And I went through a Raymond Chandler kick in the summer. I had just bought my iPhone in late August which is why I started reading stories on my Stanza in September. I can’t seem to read anything longer than a novella on it.

The Caine Mutiny 1/2/09 – 1/5/09
The Survivors 1/4/09 – 1/5/09
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 1/6/09 – 1/6/09
Master and Commander 1/6/09 – 1/11/09
Darwin’s Radio 1/12/09 – 1/14/09
Out of Africa 1/15/09 – 1/20/09
The Archer’s Tale 1/21/09 – 1/26/09
Band of Brothers 1/26/09 – 2/2/09
Living it up in Vegas 2/3/09 – 2/5/09
Maus (I & II) 3/2/09 – 3/5/09
To Kill a Mockingbird 3/10/09 – 3/12/09
Hells Angels A Strange & Terrible Saga 3/14/09 – 3/20/09
Roots 3/18/09 – 3/25/09
Catch 22 3/27/09 – 4/2/09
The Great Gatsby 4/4/09 – 4/7/09
Sin Killer 4/7/09 – (Didn’t finish)
Necroscope 4/15/09 – 5/31/09
The Kindly Ones 4/22/09 – 5/8/09
Slaughterhouse V 5/15/09 – 5/16/09
The Road 5/16/09 – 5/18/09
Farewell My Lovely 5/19/09 – 5/30/09
Buy Jupiter 5/19/09 – 5/25/09
The Bourne Identity 6/21/09 – 6/25/09
The Lady in the Lake 7/19/09 – 7/20/09
The High Window 7/20/09 – 7/23/09
The Big Sleep 7/23/09 – 7/24/09
Homicide A Year on the Killing Streets 7/23/09 – 8/1/09
American Gods 8/2/09 – 8/6/09
Neverwhere 8/9/09 – 8/27/09
Clan of the Cave Bear 8/17/09 – 8/21/09
Fatherland 9/1/09 – 9/9/09
Alice in Wonderland (stanza) 9/8/09 – 9/10/09
Call of Cthulhu (stanza) 9/10/09 – 9/12/09
Frankenstein (stanza) 9/13/09 – 9/15/09
At The Mountains of Madness (stanza) 9/14/09 – 9/18/09
War of the Worlds 9/21/09 – 9/22/09
The Prince and the Pauper 9/22/09 – 9/24/09
House of Leaves 9/24/09 – 9/26/09
The Dunwich Horror (stanza) 9/27/09 – 9/28/09
The Shadow over Innsmouth (stanza) 10/3/09 – 10/4/09
Homegoing 10/3/09 – 10/5/09
Software 10/5/09 10/7/09
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 10/3/09 – 10/7/09
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow(stanza) 10/7/09 – 10/9/09
The Color Purple 10/10/09 – 10/12/09
Timescape 10/12/09 – 10/13/09
Footfall 10/19/09 – 10/22/09
Redemption of Althalus 10/26/09 – 11/2/09
Cloudsplitter 11/7/09 – 11/30/09
Don’t Know Much about History 11/27/09 – 11/30/09
It 12/1/09 – 12/12/09
Enemy at the Gates 12/12/09 – 12/19/09
The World of Jeeves 12/12/09 – 12/31/09

Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault

From kmov.com:

More Americans are growing angrier, over what the Transportation Security Administration, admits are more intrusive security put downs at airports.
One woman is comparing her experience at Lambert Airport to a sexual assault.

Business traveler, Penny Moroney, was flying home from St. Louis to Chicago. Like all other airline passengers, she had to go through security first. When the metal in her artificial knees set off the detectors, she had to undergo more screening. When Moroney asked if she could go through a body scanner, she was told none were available.

A pat down was the only alternative.

Moroney explains “Her gloved hands touched my breasts…went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin… then put her hands up on outside of slacks, and patted my genitals.”

“I was shaking and crying when I left that room” Moroney says. “Under any other circumstance, if a person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.”

Moroney complained to the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, supervisor and then complained on the ACLU’s website.