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    Diabetic teen upset with TSA screeners at Salt Lake City Airport

    SALT L AKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A Colorado teen is upset with screeners at Salt Lake City International Airport. The type one diabetic says TSA agents were abrupt, rude and were responsible for breaking her $10,000 insulin pump. A pump she has to have to survive.

    Savannah Barry is mad and on a mission. She wants travelers to be warned before they walk through TSA security. "They need to get with the program and have some education across the board for TSA." After participating in a DECA conference in Salt Lake City with several classmates last week, Savannah, who is a type one diabetic and wears an insulin pump 24 hours a day, says she ran into TSA agents who were not prepared to deal with her medical situation. "I went up to the lady and I said, I am a type one diabetic. I wear an insulin pump. I showed her the pump. I said, what do you want me to do? I usually do a pat down - what would you recommend?"

    Savannah then showed agents a doctor's note explaining that the sensitive insulin pump should not go through the body scanner. She says she was told to go through it anyway. "When someone in a position of authority tells you it is - you think that its right. So, I said, Are you sure I can go through with the pump? It's not going to hurt the pump? And she said no, no you're fine."

    The 16-year-old walked into the scanner with some serious reservations "My life is pretty much in their hands when I go through a body scan with my insulin pump on." She was right to be worried. She says the pump stopped working correctly. "Coming off an insulin pump is rough. You never know what is going to happen when you are not on the insulin pump."

    She says TSA agents then made the situation worse when they didn't know what to do about her juice and insulin. "She said, because we don't have the machines to scan the juice to make sure this is not an explosive we do have to do a full body pat down and search your through your bags." Of course, that's what she wanted in the first place, but it was too late.

    Savannah believes TSA screeners need more training. And she says, until that happens - people with medical conditions need to be warned. "It's unacceptable. And I don't want other people to feel the way I felt."

    We asked TSA about the incident. We received an email that says "TSA is reviewing the passenger's screening experience and will respond directly to the family. TSA works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly."
    TSA also has a tollfree hotline for passengers with medical conditions. They can call it before hand to find out about policies and procedures. 1-855-787-2227.

    Savannah (see picture) already has a new insulin pump. A company that heard her story quickly got it to her when she got back to Colorado.

    Video in link.....http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top...X7LAbC1Xw.cspx
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    She says she was told to go through it anyway. "When someone in a position of authority tells you it is - you think that its right. So, I said, Are you sure I can go through with the pump? It's not going to hurt the pump? And she said no, no you're fine."
    People have a tendency to talk straight out of their asses. They don't have a clue, but that doesn't stop them for a second from making something up.
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    Savannah then showed agents a doctor's note explaining that the sensitive insulin pump should not go through the body scanner.
    And yet...

    She says she was told to go through it anyway. "When someone in a position of authority tells you it is - you think that its right.
    Doctor or TSA. Decisions, decisions.

    So, I said, Are you sure I can go through with the pump? It's not going to hurt the pump? And she said no, no you're fine."
    Went with the TSA.
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    TSA; Trust us, we fondle doctors. She was probably confused because of all the physicals I mean "screening" she has had. Hell I don't even know why kids even go to doctors to get physicals any more, one trip threw TSA and they know you whole life story and what size underwear you wear. And now they know whats best for you and the workings of diabetic machines. They really are a cut above the rest, maybe the new Americas finest???
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    The scanners hurt a child's health? But...but...but....it's for the children.
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    "They need to get with the program and have some education across the board for TSA."
    No little girl, they need to be dismantled so children like you don't have to have your health in danger and rights violated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lafayette View Post
    No little girl, they need to be dismantled so children like you don't have to have your health in danger and rights violated.
    Must spread some rep around. First thing I thought when I read that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcchiefs6465 View Post
    Must spread some rep around. First thing I thought when I read that.
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    There is no such training that teaches people not to be retards. The best solution is to hire people who are not stupid, and have them managed by competent people. But I guess thats too much to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tttppp View Post
    There is no such training that teaches people not to be retards. The best solution is to hire people who are not stupid, and have them managed by competent people. But I guess thats too much to ask.
    No, too much to ask would be that they disband this pointless government agency and allow airports to hire private security if they so wanted to. That way at least there would be some accountability. Another thing that's apparently too much to ask is a cessation of infecting the American populus with fear. See something, say something. Well after seeing this incident and countless others, it is a wonder American's (in general) don't say a damn thing. It used to be hard to imagine how a country falls down the slope into tyranny. Used to be.

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    We asked TSA about the incident. We received an email that says "TSA is reviewing the passenger's screening experience and will respond directly to the family. TSA works regularly with a broad coalition of disability and medical condition advocacy groups to help understand their needs and adapt screening procedures accordingly."
    Translation: "Go $#@! yourselves, peasants."
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