After arriving at a Tennessee airport last June, a 19-year-old St Judes Children’s Research Hospital patient, who just completed treatment, was reportedly accosted by airport security and led away in handcuffs as her parents watched in horror.
Now those parents are suing the airport and the Transportation Security Administration for damages.
The incident occurred on June 30, 2015 as the girl, Hannah Cohen, was headed back to Chattanooga after being treated at the famed cancer hospital, WREG reported.
Somehow Cohen set off the metal detector and the TSA wanted to scan her again.
“They wanted to do further scanning, she was reluctant, she didn’t understand what they were about to do,” Hannah’s mother, Shirley Cohen, told WREG.
The mom said she tried to tell security that her daughter, who is paralyzed, blind in one eye and partially deaf, was easily confused, but police officers held her at bay.
“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” the elder Cohen said.
Hannah was arrested and locked in jail.
“Here we were with nowhere to go, not even a toothbrush, our bags had gone to Chattanooga,” Shirley Cohen said.
The charges were dismissed but that didn’t stop the family from filing suit against Memphis Airport, Airport Police, and the TSA.
“Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation, TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz said in a statement to WREG.
But neither the TSA or the airport would comment on this case in particular, citing the pending lawsuit.
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