Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Meet the TSA’s latest victim. A 95-year old woman, battling leukemia, was traveling from Florida to Michigan with her daughter, Jean Weber, to live with family members before moving into an assisted living facility.
The TSA incident took place on June 18 at Northwest Florida Regional Airport near Pensacola, FL.
While going through the airport’s security checkpoint, a TSA officer performed a pat down on Weber’s mother, Weber told CNN. After an officer felt something “suspicious” on her leg, Weber’s mother was taken into a private room for further inspection. The officer then told Weber that her mother’s Depend undergarment was soiled and prevented a complete pat down from being done. The officer asked for it to be removed, which Weber did in a restroom.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil. Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
Weber told the News-Herald she filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Insecurity after the incident.
As usual, the TSA defended their actions telling CNN:
“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.”
Sari Koshetz, a tool for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami, told the News-Herald there was a reason why security procedures were the same for everyone.
“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability.”
There you have it folks. According to the TSA Stasi-mind think, a 95-year old women, battling leukemia, en route to assisted living, fits the profile of a possible terrorist. The take away from this latest TSA outrage is, we’re all terrorist suspects.
The poor little woman. Imagine having to endure this abuse in her own country? I would definitely bring a whopper of a lawsuit against the TSA and Homeland Security. Commonsense is in short supply with these agencies. This is precisely why I refuse to fly now. I drive twice a year from my home in Connecticut to Virginia to see my daughters. I refuse to be treated like this.
If this were my my mother or grandmother, I would make it my life’s mission to sue the TSA into non-existence.
This type of thing is beyond reproach. There is absolutely no justification for the TSA to treat a terminal cancer patient in advanced years in such a horrendous, despicable manner.
Whoever carried out this enhanced pat down must be fired.
This is about as bad a TSA story as I’ve read. They seem to really enjoy harassing the elderly and the disabled. Too bad the woman’s mother didn’t cockpunch the TSA agent in the face. If it had been my mother, the TSA agent wouldn’t have any teeth.
Where is President Obama on this?
I know he’s passive-aggressive and non-confrontational but, what this sick, little old woman endured is not only wrong but un-American.
If Obama doesn’t put down the golf club and do something about this, then I’m done with him. He’s very concerned about the Libyans and how they are facing oppression but, what about the people he allegedly works for? Obama appointed Janet Napolitano to head Homeland Security, he can force her out too.
The TSA needs to shut down down today. They behave like a terrorist organization.
Looks like a terrorist to me!
They told her they would not let her fly unless they could identify the Depends adult diaper item (the TSA later backtracked & said they did not require she take the Depends panty off, just that she could not pass security & board her flight with it on!).
I would have loved it if she would have peed on the TSA agent in question.
You want me to fly without depends? Then literally, piss on them!
How many hours to fly from Florida to Michigan?
Hope she left a big wet spot for them to clean up.
What was worse, her daughter, who had special permission to escort her elderly Mom to the boarding area, became upset & cried (the flight was leaving in 2 minutes after the Depends incident)… suddenly the TSA decided HER behavior was suspect & the began to scrutinize her more. So much so, she would up letting them rush the Mom the the plane without her, in order to board the plane on time.
Way to go TSA – harass elderly people & when a family member becomes upset about it, harass them too. Honestly, I have no desire to fly any more.
The people who agree to be TSA agents are monsters. Yeah, times are tough, but I have zero respect for a monster who makes money violating our constitutional rights. And Obama unleashed this. Yeah, he’s a monster too. I’m with you TOM339. Make them regret this every fucking minute of the rest of their miserable fucking lives.