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Fight for dignity at airport security.

TEESSIDE MP Tom Blenkinsop has introduced a bill in the House of Commons which aims to protect the dignity of disabled people and cancer survivors at airport security.

Mr Blenkinsop, inset, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, introduced the Airport Security (People with Disabilities) Bill.

He said the Ten Minute Rule Bill followed a visit from a constituent, who required the use of urostomy and colostomy pouches.

"The constituent came to one of my surgeries to tell me about the humiliation she had faced at various airport security checkpoints throughout the UK and the EU.

"I was horrified to hear how unsympathetic some security guards were, forcing her to undergo a pat-down search and wanting her to undergo an examination of her underwear, despite her having a letter from a doctor explaining how she was a cancer survivor who required the use of ostomy pouches.

"Having such surgery should not end someone's right to travel, nor should it end their right to be treated with dignity."

Mr Blenkinsop's bill urges the Government to ensure all UK airport security staff are trained regarding the preservation of stoma patients' dignity. It also urges amendments to regulations so that airport security staff throughout the EU and the world would also be trained.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 4, 2012
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