June 26, 2011
TSA Pats Down Cancer-Stricken 95-Year-Old Woman, Removes Adult Diaper.
A Suspiciously "Wet and Firm" Diaper.
While passing through security, TSA officials "felt something suspicious and they couldn't determine what it was," so they took Weber's mother to a private room.
A TSA agent told Weber that her mother's Depends underwear was "wet and firm and they couldn't check it thoroughly," so the mother-daughter duo left in search of a bathroom to remove the underwear. Weber did not have an extra pair of Depends with her. Weber "burst into tears" but her mother was "very calm" even though she was forced to go through the airport without underwear. Her elderly mother was taken to the boarding gate without her as Weber was still going through security.
In response to the incident, the TSA said on Sunday that "While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area, TSA works with passengers to resolve security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner. We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure."
I recall a lot of my readers not having an issue with the power the TSA has been endowed with in the last few years.
I can't wait for all the "rules are rules" comments I get on this one, too.