TSA Pat-down traumatizes and humiliates Elderly WomanPosted: June 26, 2011
Just after the TSA announces that it will be more sensitive about its searches on very young children, we get yet another appalling story. This time, TSA authorities asked an elderly women with terminal leukemia to remove her adult diaper so she could be searched. How far will we let our government go just to give us a false sense of security?
A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.
Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.
Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
The ACLU has reported getting an increased number of complaints involving the TSA pat down procedures.
The American Civil Liberties Union received over 900 complaints in November 2010 alone from travelers subjected to the new screening procedures of the TSA.
Airports across the nation have put backscatter x-ray machines that can see beneath passengers’ clothing into use. If the ticket-holder refuses the scan due to health or privacy concerns, they’re subjected to an invasive physical pat down. The new body scanners and pat down procedure have received intense scrutiny amid reports of travelers feeling humiliated and traumatized.
My elderly father no longer travels by plane because of the last adventure he had with the TSA. He’s a world war 2 veteran who sets off their alarms because of metal peg in one of his legs. Is all this really necessary?