Thanks to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents, Hannah Cohen, a disabled 19-year-old girl from Chattanooga, ended up with a bloody face on the floor of the Memphis International Airport.
According to her mother, Shirley Cohen, Hannah is “partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed and easily confused.” She also suffers from a brain tumor, for which she was getting treatment at St. Jude’s hospital; the two were on their way home from one of her visits to the medical center.
When Hannah walked through the detector at the airport, TSA agents tried to lead her away for further screening. She did not comprehend what was occurring—her mother told WREG-TV that, “They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do.”
When Cohen attempted to explain her daughter’s medical situation, officials refused to listen. Hannah, uneasy and confused, attempted to run away from the agents, but before she knew what was happening, “one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere."
There was no concern from TSA agents following this altercation—instead, they handcuffed her and booked her into jail, where she stayed one night.
Given the extenuating circumstances, this was absurd behavior by the TSA, who did not appear at all troubled that they were treating a disabled woman with such little consideration.
Sari Koshetz, a spokesperson for the TSA, only had this to say: “Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”
This anemic response does little to clarify what occurred at the airport and only makes the TSA appear culpable for their inexcusable behavior.
According to the Inquisitr, the Cohen family has retaliated, filing a lawsuit against the TSA, the Memphis Airport, and airport police.
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