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Originally published Monday, February 21, 2011 at 1:28 AM

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St. Rep. Cissna objects to airport search demand

State Rep. Sharon Cissna is returning to Alaska by sea after refusing a pat-down search at a Seattle airport.

The Associated Press

SEATTLE —

State Rep. Sharon Cissna is returning to Alaska by sea after refusing a pat-down search at a Seattle airport.

A spokeswoman for the Anchorage Democrat says she underwent a body scan and was then required to undergo the pat-down by Transportation Safety Administration or leave Sea-Tac airport.

Cissna, who has had a mastectomy, described the search as "intrusive" in a statement.

TSA spokesman Kwika Riley says agents are checking into the report and will release a statement later.

Scannell says Cissna had undergone medical treatment in Seattle.

She says Cissna will now travel by ferry from Seattle to Juneau.

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