I recently flew out of Jackson Hole airport and was shocked when the screener (TSA contractor) pulled me aside for additional screening.  She pointed to the place on the scan that had lit up when I went through the scanner -- just where my colon should have been.  She then conducted an incredibly aggressive and humiliating search of my abdominal area,  the space in between my legs, and down the back of my pant.  

I cannot imagine why this area lit up (20 years post j-pouch surgery) nor why anyone thought this was making it safer to fly.  I don't know whether my lack of a colon had anything to do with it but can't think of any other reason.

Of course, the supervisor denied that anything was wrong with his machine, his screener, etc.   They refused to let me walk through the scanner a second time (against TSA rules).

Wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience at Jackson Hole airport or elsewhere.


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I was pulled over in Denver 2 years ago. Put in a small room and checked over. I had to wait for a supervisor to come. I almost missed my flight—but they don’t care!! I have a k pouch and wear a small cover over stoma. It always light up on the scanner, but I don’t usually get put in a room. Next time I will take the cover off when I go through and see if it makes a difference.

I went through TSA checkpoints with a J pouch many times and was never offensively searched as you were.  On occasion, I was frisked, but it always was done in a respectable manner.  I would report the person who did that so that they can be disciplined or removed from service.  I now have a BCIR and use an incontinence pad as a stoma cover.  It does not show on a scanner.



When I had an ostomy I was departing St Martin and was detained. They just wouldn’t listen to my explanation, I demanded a supervisor.

When she arrived I just opened my pants further and she yelled at them to let this lady go by, what was wrong with them !! Very embarrassing, but funny in the end.

3 weeks ago departing Boston I was hand checked after the body scan. I now have the K pouch and had extra bandage coverage for the flight. Maybe that shows up?

Better safe than sorry maybe



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