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Rep. Sharon Cissna, D-Anchorage, center, is greeted by her chief of staff Michelle Scannell, left, Thursday after disembarking the Alaska State Ferry Matanuska in Juneau, Alaska. Cissna traveled for four days to get home after she refused to be patted down by TSA agents in the Seattle-Tacoma airport following a full body scan that detected her mastectomy.

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Alaska lawmaker returns home after refusing search

Determined to avoid a pat-down search to board her flight home, an Alaska state lawmaker took an unusual route: a roundabout four-day detour via rental car, a small plane, taxicab and a ferry.

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