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Autistic traveler protests TSA handling

RALEIGH, N.C., March 21 (UPI) -- An autistic North Carolina man said Monday his privacy was violated by an invasive screening at the Boston airport.

The Raleigh man, who asked not to be identified, told WNCN-TV in Raleigh he was flying home Sunday when Transportation Security Administration agents at Logan International Airport asked him and his friend to go through full body scanners.

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They did so but the agents then asked to remove his belt and suspenders. He asked for a patdown instead, and his friend, Marilyn Falk, said she asked for an alternative.

"They did not put him in a private area," she said. "Instead they insisted that he undress in public."

The man said when he tried to remove his suspenders and belt, his pants fell down, exposing part of his underwear.

"His privacy was not being protected," Falk said. "His rights as an individual were not being protected."

A TSA spokeswoman said anyone who wants a private screening should get one.

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