Breast cancer survivor decries patdown at JFK

October 4, 2011 - 9:15 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A breast cancer survivor says she was subjected to a humiliating public patdown at New York's Kennedy Airport even though she offered to produce documentation about her medical implants.

Business consultant Lori Dorn says on her website that the patdown added insult to injury and humiliated her.

She was heading to San Francisco last week when a full-body scanner detected her prostheses. She says the Transportation Security Administration refused to let her retrieve documentation.

Dorn posted on her Twitter account Monday that an official at Kennedy called her to apologize.

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says that Dorn's medical documentation wouldn't have spared her a patdown but that it would have been down privately.