Disabilities: Airport security advice, The sailor with cerebral palsy

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 By Daniel J. Vance

Guest Columnist

Airport security advice

Earlier this year, I featured Ellen Boldt, of Brooksville, in a column about her efforts founding the Hernando County Ostomy Association, which has members that use a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy. An “ostomy” is a surgical opening that allows waste products to drain outside the body or into an organ.

Boldt has been wearing a urostomy 35 years. Recently, she joined my “Disabilities By Daniel J. Vance” Facebook page and e-mailed an uncomfortable account of going through a full-body scanner at Tampa International Airport.

“I was there June 19,” said 81-year-old Boldt in a telephone interview. “They were scanning everyone that day and this was my first time through one. When I stepped on the platform, they told me to raise my arms. I assumed they knew what an ostomy bag looked like. I'm sure I wasn't the first person with one to go through since the scanner became operative.”

With a full-body scanner, the security person could see right through her clothing.

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