TSA Leaves Disabled Woman Bloodied and Bruised, Now her Family is Fighting Back

For 17-years, 19-year old Hannah Cohen has traveled to St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis from her home in Chattanooga for treatment for a brain tumor. This time, Hannah’s journey ended in a nightmare after she was roughed up by Transportation Security Agency (TSA) and left bloodied and bruised.

Her family is very obviously irate, and they are fighting back. You see, Hannah is partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed, and easily confused. While her mother, Shirley Cohen, shared all of this information with TSA, the theatrical security service didn’t care. Shirley was prevented from being near her daughter by airport police  as TSA violated Hannah with their highly intrusive procedures.

Hannah, not understanding what was happening and likely trying to get back to her mother, made movements to try to get away from the TSA agents. It was at that time that TSA became aggressive with the disabled 19-year old, throwing her forcefully to the ground thereby leaving her bloodied and bruised.

Her mother shared the horrific account of what happened.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere.”

To add insult to injury and make horrific matters even worse, Hannah was arrested and booked into jail. Rather than making the journey home, a partially deaf, paralyzed and easily confused Hannah, who is also blind in one eye, had to spend the night in jail…alone.

Ultimately, no formal charges were filed but the damage had already been done. Now, the Cohen family is fighting back. The Cohens are suing the Memphis airport, the airport police, and TSA for what happened to Hannah.

Read the full lawsuit HERE.

TSA released a statement via Sari Koshetz addressing the issue and treatment of Hannah.

“Passengers can call ahead of time to learn more about the screening process for their particular needs or medical situation.”

Do you notice how the tyrannical TSA absolves itself from wrongdoing by blaming the family of a paralyzed, partially deaf, blind in one eye, easily confused young woman for their egregiously poor handling of the situation?


Who will pay the consequence for what this woman was put through? Who will be held accountable for not listening to the mother as she tried to tell them about her daughter’s condition? Who will lose their job for the violent manhandling of a disabled woman?

Should this be used as justification for the elimination of the TSA with airports having the ability to use private security firms?

About the Author

Jennifer Burke
Jennifer Burke
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of PolitiStick and the Editor-in-Chief. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a certified teacher with 12 years experience in the classroom. Jennifer attended what is credited for being the first modern-day Tea Party rally in the country in the Seattle area and from there emerged as a powerful speaker and writer within the movement. While still in Washington State, Jennifer was selected to be a member of the second graduating class of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute (JDLI), a program which identified future conservative leaders. Jennifer worked as the National Outreach Director for one of the largest conservative groups in the country and served as Managing Editor and writer for what quickly grew to become one of the top 15 conservative sites in the country. She brings to Politistick a passion for the fight for freedom for current and future generations.

Send this to friend