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June 27, 2011

TSA Strips 95-Year-Old Cancer Patient of Adult Diaper

Posted by Dave Blount at June 27, 2011 6:28 AM

Our rulers must be testing to confirm that we will accept any indignity rather than rebel. How else to explain stories like this one:

Jean Weber of Destin [Florida] 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. …
She said her mother was first pulled aside into a glass-partitioned area and patted down. Then she was taken to another room to protect her privacy during a more extensive search, Weber said.
Weber said she sat outside the room during the search.
She said security personnel then came out and told her they would need for her mother to remove her Depends diaper because it was soiled and was impeding their search.
Weber wheeled her mother into a bathroom, removed her diaper and returned. Her mother did not have another clean diaper with her, Weber said.

TSA spokesbureauweenie Sari Koshetz explains:

"TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability," she said.

Right. The lesson: next time, dress mom in a burka.

On tips from wingmann and Muddypaw.