TSA Says Groping A Dying 95-Year-Old Woman, Forcing Her To Remove Diaper, Is Ok Because It Followed Standard Procedure
from the not-this-again dept
Perhaps he can now turn his attention to groping 95-year-olds.
Yes, over the weekend a lot of people heard about the story of Jean Weber's 95-year-old mother, who is in the final stages of leukemia, and wanted to travel to Michigan from Florida, to spend her few remaining days with family. Except, once she got to the airport, she was apparently selected for extra scrutiny, including a patdown, and being told she needed to remove her adult diaper. She ended up being detained for 45 minutes.
The local TSA spokesperson defended the procedure by suggesting that if they didn't grope 95-year-old dying cancer patients and force them to remove their diapers, that the terrorists would plant bombs on such old ladies:
"TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability."But that's just the TSA spokesperson in Miami. Surely once this made its way back up to the top, the TSA folks in DC wouldn't go through the same mistake from April and claim this is perfectly fine because it's standard operating procedures... or would they? Oh, of course they would:
The TSA released a statement Sunday defending its agents' actions at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.You know what? If that is "proper procedure," the procedure is wrong. It's time for someone at the TSA to admit 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," the federal agency said. "We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure."