Alaska state lawmaker returns to Seattle to lobby against TSA pat-downs

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 Alaska state Rep. Sharon Cissna, D-Anchorage, returned to Seattle Saturday to kick off her nationwide campaign against TSA pat-downs.

 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.

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