US: Airport security check leaves traveller covered in urine

Thomas Sayer was selected for enhanced search after going through a scanner.

Melbourne: A security-check at Detroit Metropolitan Airport left a traveller covered in his own urine following an "invasive" pat-down.

Thomas Sayer, from Michigan, US, was selected for the enhanced search after going through a scanner. The scanner must have picked up his urostomy bag - which collects his urine from an opening in his stomach.

“I have to wear special clothes and in order to mount the bag I have to seal a wafer to my stomach and then attach the bag. If the seal is broken, urine can leak all over my body and clothes,” quoted Sayer as telling MSNBC.

When he tried to tell the officials about his condition, they ignored him and continued to search, eventually breaking the seal and causing the urine to start dribbling down his shirt and leg and into his pants.

Sayer said he was told to go and that he was not offered an apology or assistance. He was left to walk through the airport soaked in urine, and it wasn`t until his plane had taken off that he was able to clean up.

He plans to file a formal complaint.

"No one living with an ostomy should be afraid of flying because they’re afraid of being humiliated at the checkpoint,” Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network executive director Claire Saxton said.