Wayne Drash
November 24, 2010

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Thomas Sawyer, a cancer survivor, has worn a urostomy bag for the past three years. Yet, he says, little could have prepared him for his recent airport pat down, when an officer broke the bag’s seal and urine spilled out “onto my shirt and down my pants.”

“I’m a good American. I know why we’re doing this, and I understand it,” Sawyer told CNN. “But this was extremely embarrassing, and it didn’t have to happen. With educated TSA workers, it wouldn’t have happened.”

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With the height of Thanksgiving holiday travel the next two days, the Transportation Security Administration is trying to strike a delicate balance between ensuring the safety of the traveling public and not invading people’s privacy rights.

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