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TSA Apologizes to Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer for Intrusive Search at Airport

Van Dyken-Rouen, via Instagram.

Van Dyken-Rouen, via Instagram.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Olympic gold medal swimmer who became paralyzed from the waste down said she was “humiliated” during a full-body search after her wheelchair couldn’t go through a metal detector.

ABC News reports that Van Dyken-Rouen, said she was groped during the search at Denver International Airport.

“They go around your breast. They basically go under your butt. They touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing,” Van Dyken-Rouen told ABC News.

The TSA apologized in a written statement Monday.

“TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process. TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well,” the statement read.

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