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After Apology From TSA, Man Soaked By Urine Pushes For Training

The story of what happened to bladder cancer survivor Tom Sawyer on Nov. 7 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport has become a big part of this week's big news — the new security procedures at U.S. airports.

During a pat-down by Transportation Security Administration personnel at the airport, Sawyer's urostomy bag opened. As the Detroit News writes, that "caused his urine bag to leak onto his clothing." Sawyer couldn't change until after his flight to Orlando.

Yesterday, TSA Administrator John Pistole called Sawyer to apologize. The 61-year-old retired special education teacher told Lansing's WILX-TV that he was glad to get the call, and now would like to see "much better training" of TSA personnel in how to handle travelers with special medical equipment, "immediately, not three or four months from now."

"They really need to start looking at a balance of what they're doing. They haven't been trained yet. They've just put this into place far too quickly," Sawyer said to Lansing's WLNS-TV.

Here's an Associated Press video report on what happened to Sawyer:



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