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Woman suing TSA over alleged invasive search at Sunport

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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2010

a woman suing the t-s-a for an invasive patdown at the albuquerque sunport speaks only with kob eyewitness news four. eddie garcia joins us with why the woman and her lawyer think they have a strong case. this california woman tells me the t-s-a patdown was nothing short of molestation and she hopes this lawsuit will stop the agency from doing it to anyone else. adrienne durso of carlsbad, california spoke to kob eyewitness news four over the phone - she describes her experience during a t-s-a patdown at the sunport back in august. heavily concentrating on my breast area where i told her i had a mastectomy the year previous and in just seemed to go on and on. durso says she felt humiliated as the extensive pat-down happened in front of her 17 year old son and hundreds of other travelers. i felt as though i didn't have any rights other than i had to stand there and let them do what they want to do to my body. she says she knew her rights had been violated: so she asked to speak to a supervisor who she thought would help her. all the while her son stood by her side and couldn't remain silent anymore my son, who i'm very proud of spoke up and said 'i went through the metal detector and i did not get a pat-down' to which the supervisor said 'well you don't have boobs'." that statement was the last straw for durso - so she contacted an attorney alex brodsky who says this whole ordeal violates 4th amendment righ which protects americans from unreasonable search and seizure. we think that these searches given the invasivness and given the extensiveness of these searches are really more akin to something like a strip search and certainly as a result we think we have a strong case. durso says she isn't doing this for money or fame but rather for countless other americans who take to the skies for travel. i thought, 'you know, surely this story must mean something to somebody, maybe this will help somebody who is trying to change the situation at airports because i don't think anybody should have to go through this. the t-s-a says it's asking government security experts if there is a way to make the security pat-down less invasive but just as thorough...but they haven't commented on this case specifically

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