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TSA Searches Woman’s Feeding Tube

July 23, 2012 by  

TSA Searches Woman’s Feeding Tube
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Melinda Deaton’s feeding tube was swabbed for explosives.

A woman flying to a doctor’s appointment had her feeding tube checked for explosives by Transportation Security Administration agents. Melinda Deaton has the 4-inch tube as a result of complications with a gastric bypass surgery.

Deaton was being strip searched when agents noticed the tube.

“When I pulled my shirt out and they catch a glimpse of it, they go ‘Ugh!’” Deaton recalled.

Her husband, John Deaton, believes that the handling of the tube could have given his wife a fatal infection.

They had physically stripped her and saw the tube coming out of her stomach, and they decided that they needed to check it for explosives, so they had to physically handle the tube. Any time you put a harsh substance on it, you run the risk of contamination. They put stuff on there that we don’t know what it is. She has a weak immune system as part of her medical condition and it can be very fatal to her.

TSA agents also threw away Deaton’s pudding and applesauce, soft foods that Deaton has to eat.

Deaton travels with a USB drive that contains information about her medical condition. This is the first time that agents have harassed her.

TSA issued this statement: “In this specific incident, an investigation was initiated and it was determined that the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) followed standard operating procedures conducted in the presence of a Supervisor TSO. We take the professionalism of our workforce and the integrity of our security procedures very seriously and will address any alleged issues directly with the passenger.”

TSA also said: “We respect the right to privacy of the passenger in question and will reach out directly to her.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • tim

    Once again stupidity reigns with the TSA. Only the govt. hires the mentally challenged!!!!!

  • FreedomFighter

    The Obama-Army strikes again. Perves, pinheads and pukes, what else would be in the Obama-Army?

    End The TSA, then End the FED

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • Jonathan

    “TSA issued this statement: ‘In this specific incident, an investigation was initiated and it was determined that the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) followed standard operating procedures conducted in the presence of a Supervisor TSO. We take the professionalism of our workforce and the integrity of our security procedures very seriously and will address any alleged issues directly with the passenger.’”
    This is always their excuse for trampling the rights of the people.

  • Shorty

    I refuse to fly, for personal or business use, until the TSA is removed from our airports. if everyone would refuse to fly for 1 week (although it would have to be the same week for everyone), they would be kicked out. With all of the Billion$ of taxpayer dollars they have spent on the TSA and their peeping tom technology, they have not caught one single terrorist. All they have succeeded in doing is taking away more of our liberty and freedom, and are successfully training everyone to submit to government intrusion into their everyday lives. They are the start of Obama’s version of the SS, Gestapo, Brown shirts, or in his own words, a well trained civilian force more powerful than the military.

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      I agree 100%! As long as people allow the government to take away their rights, it will get worse and worse. And I guarantee you , if people REFUSED to put up with it, it would end!

    • teaparty13

      I came a click away from booking a flight the other day, but just thinking of the chance of being mauled by a TSA agent, turned me right off. It’s been 3 yrs since I’ve taken a plane.

  • Etta Jean Eagan

    I am an RN and have dealt with feeding tubes alot. This absolutely sickens me. The skin also breaks down around those tubes, red and irritated. Cleanliness is major. The Fed put TSA in place to test how much the American people will accept being controlled. And they fall for it in the name of “false” security. Benjamin Franklin said.” Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety, deserves neither.”

    • samuel

      Here we go again the TSA saga and their bullish, disrespect and nasty behaviour.Those unqualified with drug addict behaviour did it again
      Sometime last month i made a stop over at North Carolina airport enroute to Atlanta and had a terrible treatment from the TSA employees who detained and thriple searched me just because i was carried my Blood preasure , Diebetes knee and joint pain medications in my bag
      I travel with my medications all the time withoit any problem but those bunch of crazed TSA guys at NC airport treated me like a drug dealer without a shame.

  • dan

    What if real men had shot NAZI’s on sight…boycott the airlines and let them know why

  • RivahMitch

    “Standard Operating procedures! (I vas only vollowing de orders, mein herr!) SIEG HEIL!! We will “reach out directly to her”. (Ve vill address any issues directly vit the passenger” the SS Officer says rubbing its hands together. Coming from these inbeciles, that sounds to me like a serious threat. They should keep their effing paws to themselves. “TSA”add nothing to “security” except heightened tension and fear. Their whole job is to instill in Americans a habit of blind, fearful obedience.

    Oh, and if the womans tube does become infected, I hope her husband has a good memory for faces and a good aim.

    • Shorty

      I don’t use twitter, and never will. But it would be good for someone to start a twitter campaign to get everyone that’s going through the TSA lines to raise their right hand in a mockingly Seig Heil salute as they leave the checkpoint. If everyone would do that maybe they would catch on after a while.

  • Zorro Kelly

    There is NO excuse for this. The SS needs to be fired and have their arses sued. When are Americans going to wake up ??? One last chance to save your country people- November elections

    • http://Yahoo.com Bill

      Even if Obama is voted out, this won’t stop the TSA. As Ron White said, you can’t fix stupid.

  • Carol J

    And this is nothing new. In January 2002 my brother and sister-in-law were going to Hawaii. The agent in San Francisco started opening her sterile packs of catheters to check them out. They were lucky that another agent saw what was happening and stopped it. She had won a trip to the ProBowl and they would have been unable to go since she would have had to get more packs and this was the only flight they could take.

  • http://survivingurbancrisis.wordpress.com Silas Longshot

    Some leftist, marxist morons are already calling for these clowns to be at every mall, theater, street corner after the Dark Knight massacre. You gonna let the politicians do that if you don’t vote out these marxists in November.

  • http://Yahoo.com Bill

    After reading on and on and on about the TSA, I’m convinced they put out a classified asking only for the truley stupid to apply.

  • chuckb

    i have no objection to the tsa, when i go through the line of inspection while boarding a plane, it gives me a safer feeling. i see nothing so intrusive about it, it does intrude on the ragheads planning to blow these planes up in mid air.

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      You are so naive! Just because you haven’t been singled out yet, it’s fine with you! How would YOU feel if somebody stuck their finger up your azz?!? Would it still be ok with you?!? How about if your wife was sexually molested?!? As long as they don’t do it to you, it’s fine, right?!? If you don’t stick up for other people’s rights, nobody’s gonna stick up for yours!!! If you don’t think that it’s true, there’s a you tube video of Geraldo Rivera saying that he was manually raped! I also heard Rand Paul say that his father Ron Paul (congressman and presidential candidate) was also given the finger treatment!!! Is this what you want in The United States of America?!? I would rather take my chances of being blown up than to give up all of my civil liberties and allow anyone to sexually abuse me!!! I think it is sick and disgusting to allow this!!!

    • phil

      You are a moron. Reading your reply convinces me you would be a perfecr TSA agent. Your IQ might be too high though to perform the pat downs by the perverts on the line. You might be better as a supevisor of the perverts. I simply cannot understand the need to strip a patient and then go through the process of the feeding tube. I hope there is no impact on the womans health, If there is I hope she is able to take this case to court and have that moron with the IQ that is probably less than a chimpanzee fired and the agency putt on notice that they will be held accountable for this kind of BS on those that unfortunately have to fly. Maybe we should all drive or take the train, drive our cars, take a bus, or any other means. Boycott the airlines for domestic travel until they show some sign of sanity in their job performance and acquire some discretion when frisking 4 year olds & the elderly. I don’t see them hasteling celebrities or congressmen probablt to busy trying to get autographs.

    • Art

      You are an A**HOLE

  • HKaufman

    This group needs to be REMOVED. This kind of crap does not hunt in civilized humans. Then again were talking about TSA, a group of Gorillas bent on being the Biggest Pain in the A** even overshadowing Congress.. This group should be lucky that somebody who has pull in high places and have this company shut down. To TSA if you want to be an entity on your own,ruling over the masses, set sail for ISLA SORBA set up shop on this ILSE claim your dominance over the BUGS,and Micro organisms, that about all this company is fit to serve. America has nothing but contempt over this company’s business standards, IF ANY EXIST…..

  • jim

    Israel has a profile test. Only arabs & muslims are examined. RR stations & bus stations too! We have lost our freedoms! And it will be getting worse & more intrusive on our freedom of movement & privacy. In Tenn. the TSA were pulling cars off the interstate to search them.

  • FishingInTheSand

    I agree with Johathan. Any time there’s a problem “They followed standard procedure”. It just proves that anything goes, whatever their whim is at the time, with no regard for anyone. It is absolutely all about control and nothing else.

  • The Professor

    Deaton was being strip searched when agents noticed the tube.
    “When I pulled my shirt out and they catch a glimpse of it, they go ‘Ugh!’” Deaton recalled.
    Her husband, John Deaton, believes that the handling of the tube could have given his wife a fatal infection.

    “TSA agents also threw away Deaton’s pudding and applesauce, soft foods that Deaton has to eat.” Pudding and applesauce…Katy, bar the door.

    TSA issued this statement: We take the professionalism of our workforce and the integrity of our security procedures very seriously and will address any alleged issues directly with the passenger.”

    TSA also said: “We respect the right to privacy of the passenger in question and will reach out directly to her.” Boy, did they ever reach out to her! Privacy…not in her case.
    *********************
    Another prime example of Government totally out of control. And this is just the beginning. Wait until Obama is re-elected…obamacare, anyone?

  • Michael Beglin

    If she had been dressed as a muslim, they would never even have touched her. Typical TSA stupidity.

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