Monday, June 27, 2011

TSA agents 'ask leukaemia sufferer, 95, in wheelchair to remove her adult diaper during pat-down' - 27th June 2011

We've already had complaints against TSA agents of toddlers getting patted down, a woman's breasts being exposed and groping.

Now a 95-year-old woman in the final stages of a battle with leukaemia has been allegedly detained and humiliatingly searched at a Florida airport.

Jean Weber, of Destin, Florida, claims her mother in a wheelchair was asked to remove an adult nappy in order to complete a pat-down search.

Ms Weber has filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after the incident last weekend at Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

‘It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,’ she told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

‘Here is my mother, 95-years-old, 105lbs, barely able to stand, and then this.’

She was trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan in an attempt to be with relatives as she battles the disease, Ms Weber said.

Her mother entered security in a wheelchair because she could not walk through by herself and was detained for 45 minutes.

But she was pulled aside into a separate area and patted down before being moved to another room to protect her privacy.

Security staff then said they needed her nappy removed because it was soiled and was preventing them from completing their search.

Ms Weber, who removed her mother's nappy in a bathroom for her, said she did not understand why her mother had such an extensive search.

But a TSA spokesman told the Northwest Florida Daily News it would be dangerous for them to exempt any group from screening.

‘We know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,’ a TSA spokesman said.

Wheelchairs are swabbed for explosives and patted-down, the spokesman said. Read More