I continue to be amazed by society's lack of respect for breasts, real or fake. My friend Torey just sent me a link to this news article describing a woman who was embarrassed by airport security. She survived bilateral mastectomy and had tissue expanders in place prior to future reconstruction. This is a standard procedure for certain types of reconstruction because you can't just make a breast out of nothing; you either need to add tissue from other places or stretch the tissue that is there. For the latter procedure, a plastic surgeon inserts this hard, fill-able pocket under the pectoral muscles and gradually injects saline over the course of several weeks until the new "breast" is of the desired size. This is pocket is called a tissue expander, and it is replaced by a saline or silicone implant after the expansion is complete.
These tissue expanders must have looked unusual on the x-ray, perhaps even bomb-like, and this poor woman was more or less harassed about them although she had proper medical documentation. The officials did not allow her to present her documentation and insisted on feeling her up in front of the other passengers. I can think of so many reasons that this would be awful, public humiliation aside--the breasts themselves were probably quite sore, and the woman is in the midst of a difficult breast transition period both physically and mentally. Poor thing.
Isn't it ironic that her real breasts were real and cancerous bombs, but her reconstructed breasts were the ones accused of suspicious activities?