Hannah Cohen was flying home with her mother through Memphis International Airport in June when she set off an alarm at a TSA checkpoint. Hannah was returning from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, where she was undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Hannah is currently impaired as a result of radiation treatment and the removal of the tumor, which left her partially deaf, blind and paralyzed.
She became disoriented by the alarm and was confused by the TSA beginning a physical search. They interpreted her failure to cooperate as a threat, and slammed her to the ground:
They arrested Hannah, though the charges were dropped once they realized they slammed a disabled cancer patient's head to the ground and drew blood. So they got one thing right that day. Naturally, the TSA and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority are being sued.
But Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Scott Brockman did have this to say regarding the matter:
Anybody can file anything, and we don't comment on active litigation. Clearly there are additional facts in this matter, and we won't comment until we address the litigation.
That is correct. Anybody can file anything. And Hannah's mom filed a lawsuit which is seeking a "reasonable sum not exceeding $100,000 and costs." They're lucky she didn't sue for a cool million, because they'd probably get it.