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A TRAVELLER has been left humiliated, crying and covered in his own urine following an "invasive" pat-down airport search.
Thomas Sayer, from Michigan, US, was travelling to a wedding in Florida earlier this month when the incident occurred.
Mr Sayer, 61, was selected for the enhanced search after going through a scanner at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
A bladder cancer survivor, Mr Sayer says the scanner must have picked up his urostomy bag - which collects his urine from an opening in his stomach.
“I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes” Mr Sayer told MSNBC.
Mr Sayer said that the security officials ignored him when he tried to tell them about his medical condition until they removed his top and his urostomy bag became visible.
“One agent watched as the other used his flat hand to go slowly down my chest. I tried to warn him that he would hit the bag and break the seal on my bag, but he ignored me.
"Sure enough, the seal was broken and urine started dribbling down my shirt and my leg and into my pants.”
Mr Sayer said he was told to go and that he was not offered an apology or assistance.
He was left to walk through the airport soaked in urine, and it wasn't until his plane had taken off that he was able to clean up.
“I am totally appalled by the fact that agents that are performing these pat-downs have so little concern for people with medical conditions,” Mr Sawyer said.
He plans to file a formal complaint.
"No one living with an ostomy should be afraid of flying because they’re afraid of being humiliated at the checkpoint,” Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Executive Director Claire Saxton said.