- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen received an apology from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Monday after she said she was “humiliated” during a full body search at Denver International Airport.

Ms. Van Dyken-Rouen, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a 2014 ATV crash, cannot go through a metal detector in her wheelchair. She said she was submitted to a full body search despite being approved for the TSA Pre Check program, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

“They go around your breast. They basically go under your butt. They touch things that are not appropriate and it’s really embarrassing,” Ms. Van Dyken-Rouen told ABC News.

She took to Instagram Sunday to detail her experience and call out an agent who she said was rude to her.

“He said, literally every other airport is wrong and any other time you’ve flown through Denver and they didn’t do that, it’s wrong, I’m right,” Ms. Van Dyken-Rouen said.

The TSA apologized for the incident in a statement Monday.

TSA works closely with the disability community to develop screening procedures that integrate the unique needs of those with disabilities or medical issues into the process,” the statement read, ABC News reported. “TSA reviews passenger complaints, and in this case determined that our officers did not follow correct screening protocols when Ms. Amy Van Dyken came through the security checkpoint at Denver International Airport (DEN) this weekend. TSA’s federal security director has reached out to Ms. Van Dyken. The officers involved are undergoing retraining, and TSA Denver is providing refresher training to all of its officers as well.”

Ms. Van Dyken-Rouen said she accepts the apology but hopes her story will prevent the mix-up from happening to someone else.

“I’m not a lightning rod, but I can and will speak out to help others who are afraid to speak out,” she wrote in an Instagram post Monday.


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