Hannah Cohen: Disabled Woman Badly Beaten By TSA On Return Home From Brain Tumor Treatment

Samantha Kilgore - Author

Jul. 1 2016, Updated 2:23 p.m. ET

Hannah Cohen, a young disabled woman whose mother describes as “partially deaf, blind in one eye, paralyzed and easily confused,” was beaten by Transportation Security Agents (TSA) after her flight home.

The young woman was then led from the Memphis International Airport, beaten, bloodied, bruised, and in handcuffs — and then booked into jail.

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Cohen was returning home to Chattanooga after receiving treatment for her brain tumor at St. Jude’s Hospital. In fact, Hannah Cohen was returning home after receiving her final treatment for the brain tumor, and this trip back from St. Jude’s just marked one of many as she has been flying back and forth from St. Jude’s Hospital for years. But instead of being able to celebrate the completion of her treatment, Hannah Cohen and her mother were subjected to rough handling and inexplicable treatment from the TSA and its agents, as well as local police in Memphis.

The story is a disturbing one.

Cohen, who is 19-years-old, apparently set off the metal detector at a TSA security checkpoint screening. She was led away from additional screening, and that’s when things began to go horribly wrong.


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