In February, TSA agents called for a pat-down of Cissna because they spotted something unusual in the body scan. Cissna, a breast cancer survivor, said she was targeted because of irregularities in her chest, the result of a mastectomy.
Cissna refused the pat-down, saying, “It would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body.” She returned to Alaska by small plane, a car and a ferry – a trip that took four days. She has since become a vocal advocate against TSA pat-downs.
Her lobbying campaign travel will be by bus.