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Keith Laing
The Hill
October 4, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that it while it strives “to treat every passenger with dignity and respect,” it did not in the case of a passenger with breast cancer who was patted down.

New York resident Lori Dorn has said her chest implants were patted down recently at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Dorn wrote a blog post about the incident in which she said that even after she told the TSA agents about her condition, her chest was examined.

“We regret that this passenger did not have a positive experience,” the agency said in a statement that was provided to The Hill Monday afternoon. “The Federal Security Director for JFK personally reached out to the passenger to apologize and learn about her experience to help ensure a smoother checkpoint experience for passengers in similar circumstances going forward.”

TSA did not, however, say that patting down Dorn was inappropriate. Instead, the agency said that Dorn’s medical condition “should have triggered a more compassionate response from our officers, such as an offer on our part of private screening.

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