Politician Takes 12-Hour Boat Ride to Avoid TSA Pat-Down

On her way home from medical treatment for breast cancer, Alaska state Rep. Sharon Cissna underwent a TSA body scan at the airport in Seattle. Agents then ordered a pat-down of the state representative after noticing her mastectomy on the scan, says her chief-of-staff. Cissna, who is a Democrat, decided to leave the airport and take a 12-hour boat ride from Seattle to Juneau, instead.

So far, Cissna hasn't said anything other than that she found the search "intrusive," so it's hard to say whether she considers her refusal a political statement, or was simply in a state of mind where a 12-hour boat ride was preferable to a stranger groping her mastectomy scar. [AP, image via AP]