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Mar 9th 2008 10:48AM TSA also stands for "Transportation Senior Abuse". As a senior citizen with replacement parts, I'm always singled out by the TSA for a pat down. Most are courteous, but, too often, there is a TSA employee who pushes me out of the wheelchair, makes me hold my arms out longer than needed to wand me pushing my arms back up roughly if I begin to tire (I wear a sports bra with no metal) or has me stand on the cold tile floor long enough for me to get thoroughly chilled (I now put on heavy slipper socks while my shoes go through the scanner). When my husband verbally objected to the rough treatment I was getting at the Washington/Dulles Airport last year, that employee threatened to have him arrested. Her supervisor had to intervene to calm her down. Although the TSA is doing a necessary job for Homeland Security, these abusive employees must constrained and appropriately trained to work with the public. Hopefully, the TSA will review its hiring practices to ensure that future employees will be more intelligent and have more common sense and common courtesy.
Oct 2nd 2007 12:27AM Have you ever noticed the numbers of elderly people who are pulled aside by the TSA to be patted down because their replacement part set off an alarm? As a 70 year old grandmother with a knee replacement, who is a frequent flier, I have lost track of how often I have been subjected to rough treatment by some of the TSA staff. I understand the need for security checks, but isn't there some way for those of us with replacment parts to be treated with more dignity?
Sep 9th 2007 7:05PM When driving or traveling long distances, to keep from developing leg or sciatic pains, try sitting on two tennis balls (older, used ones are best) - one in the center of your buttock, the other in the center of your thigh for 15-20 minutes and repeat when needed. These are acupressure points that can relieve the pain of sitting or holding your leg in one position for long periods of time.