One time while going through security at San Francisco Airport on a 12/ 14 hour flight to Ireland the security/ TSA guy was being an A**hole . Usually I wipe my hand over the exterior clothes , they wipe a swab cloth over my hand , stick the swab in the scanner and off I go . ..usually . This smartass brought me to a room for a search ( using me for training purposes and wasting everyone's time ) . He went off and left me "supervised"....by another guy . I unzipped and dropped my drawers , lifted up my shirt and told him " this is an Ostomy , do you get it now , do you know what this is ?? Well if you didn't you do now , this is how I shit these days ,I can open it if you don't mind the stinky smell ??"
He turned Bright red and didn't know where to look , he was so embarrassed he was shuffling his feet and wanted to get out of there . No...nooo need to see it "aaaa...aaaa..he was speechless . The other guy knew what it was and was disrupting my day and being a P***k .
I finally leave the room when the other guy comes back . My carry on and backpack were empty and the contents strewn on a table in the public area , my change of clothes , extra supplies dumped and the guy says , you can go now . Fifteen minutes to repack all my stuff . When they stop you for any reason they can add an hour to your security check .
They should have been ashamed of their behaviour , not me . This was a few years ago , never had a problem since . Now I go to the beach with my Baggy blowing in the wind , no shirt or shame and any funny looks get an extra close up view of my Bag . Nobody seems to notice it or care in Ireland or in California .
Be proud of you scars and your new " Plastic Colon " ...you have paid your dues in pain and suffering to stay alive . Your Baggie is a Badge of Courage , wear it proudly , wear it Openly at the beach etc...Familiarity breeds acceptance and understanding !!
I would bet that the TSA guy will not abuse his authority like that again ...maybe ?? Some people are just too Dense to learn but most are cool .
PS: Never argue with TSA Agent , a pointless exercise , in that security line that person has the authority/ ability to ruin your whole day so always be polite ...or you will end up missing your flight.
Security is much easier now , they have proper training to deal with medical issues . Don't be afraid to fly ....except for the Tiny seats all is good !!!