Yesterday, wearing only a black bra and panties, a 52-year-old woman who uses a wheelchair missed her flight out of Oklahoma City. She failed the security screening.
Transportation Security Administration screeners told Phoenix-bound Tammy Banovac her wheelchair, luggage and clothes showed traces of nitrates, which can be used in bombs, The Oklahoman reports. After more than an hour of hand searches and interrogation, she was told to come back to Will Rogers World Airport today.
This morning, Banovac returned — wearing the same minimalist travel ensemble. She passed TSA’s screening and off she and her dog went. (She dressed after being screened.)
Banovac told the paper that because of her wheelchair she is typically hand-searched. But the TSA’s new, enhanced pat-downs have left her feeling violated. She said an “unpleasant” TSA experience two weeks ago prompted her revealing approach to pat-downs.
“If it happened anywhere else, it would have been sexual assault,” she said.
Naturally, someone captured her 7 a.m. departure and posted it on YouTube.