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Monday, February 21, 2011

Alaskan state lawmaker returning home by sea after refusing TSA pat-down

St. Rep. Cissna objects to airport search demand

SEATTLE -- An Alaskan state lawmaker is returning home by sea after refusing a pat-down search at a Seattle airport, a spokeswoman said..

Rep. Sharon Cissna underwent a body scan as she was preparing to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Sunday and was then required to undergo the pat-down by Transportation Safety Administration officials, said Michelle Scannell, her chief of staff.

Scannell said that TSA called for the pat-down because the scan showed Cissna had had a mastectomy. But it wasn't immediately clear from statements by the lawmaker's office and TSA why that would necessitate the further search.

Scannell described the pat-down search as "intrusive," but did not elaborate on the Anchorage Democrat's decision.

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