A man infected with HIV is claiming discrimination after he was denied a baggage screener job at the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale Airport because of his condition.
Though Lamarre's had HIV for over 20 years, the TSA told him they were denying him for his own safety, saying the job would leave him highly susceptible to infection.
Lamarre, 44, is an armed services veteran in good health. As part of his application with the TSA, he was required to take a physical, which he passed.
"A baggage screener with HIV would pose no risk to others and would be no more likely to become infected with a cold or virus than anyone else working in the airport," Dr. Margaret Fischl, director of UM's AIDs clinical research unit, told the Herald.
Lamarre still wants the job, and hopes the TSA will make the right decision.
"For so long, we've had such a terminal idea of [HIV]," he said. "But there's a lot of us living successful, happy lives."