Target: TSA Administrator Peter V. Neffenger
Goal: Fire airport security agents who reportedly slammed a disabled woman recovering from brain surgery on the ground.
A partially deaf and blind teen coming home from having brain surgery was brutally slammed on the ground by TSA agents after she set off the metal detector at the Memphis International Airport, according to reports. The 19-year-old woman, Hannah Cohen, did not have anything dangerous on her person, but she became confused when the TSA agents confronted her, due to her recent brain surgery.
Cohen’s mother attempted to explain this to the agents, but they refused to let her approach her daughter to calm her and let her know what was going on. Then, when Cohen started to struggle, the agents brutally slammed her to the hard floor, causing her to hit her head, according to reports. Her mother later described the incident saying that “there was blood everywhere.”
Instead of apologizing, TSA sent a spokesperson to claim that Cohen’s mother should have notified the airport in advance about her special needs. However, Cohen has been traveling via plane for 17 years to get treatment for her illness and there hasn’t been any problems until this incident, nor have they ever been informed that they needed to make special arrangements.
These TSA agents could have seriously harmed Hannah Cohen considering they made her hit her head right after her brain surgery. All of this could have been avoided if they had only listened to her mother for a second. Overzealous airport security is no excuse to risk the lives of completely innocent people. Demand that the Transportation Security Administration fires any agents responsible and apologize to Cohen for this traumatic experience.
Dear Mr. Neffenger,
The incident that occurred between your TSA agents and Ms. Hannah Cohen was absolutely unacceptable. According to her mother, the agents refused to listen to her when she tried to explain that Hannah is partially blind and deaf due to a brain tumor. Then, when the teen started to struggle because she didn’t understand what was happening, they slammed her to the ground, causing her to hit her head and begin bleeding profusely.
Cohen had just undergone brain surgery. Your agents could have killed her. Telling her mother that she should have called ahead to inform the airport about her daughter’s special needs is not the appropriate way to handle this situation. We demand that you fire the agents who hurt Hannah Cohen and issue an immediate apology and restitution to her and her mother.
[Your Name Here]