TSA Under Fire After Forcing 95 Year Old Woman To Remove Adult Diaper

   By drodriguez  Jun 28, 2011

The latest airport security procedures are making some people feel more violated than ever before. Both news sources and social media outlets like Twitter are reporting about a recent TSA run-in involving a 95 year old woman suffering from leukemia who was allegedly forced to remove her adult diaper during a routine pat-down at a Florida airport.

After the woman’s daughter, Jean Weber, filed a complaint about the incident, the TSA released this statement, “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."

The TSA estimates that only about 3 percent of travelers are subject to the new pat-down procedure, which occurs if they set off a metal detector or refuse the full-body scan. The number may be small, but there are still those who vehemently oppose the new procedure citing that it is in direct conflict with rights to privacy.

Just recently we heard about a 6-year-old girl who reluctantly received a pat-down by a TSA official, which many deemed inappropriate.

What do you think of the news reports that a 95 year old woman was forced to remove her adult diaper during a routine pat-down at the airport?

Do you think some of the new security measures like pat-downs and full-body scans are beneficial or do they do more harm than good?

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cpns7252 by cpns7252 | SMYRNA, GA
Jul 12, 2011

We know TSA officals are doing their jobs to keep airports and airliners safe from terrorists. They will do anything to trick like a man under a woman's "gown" from head to feet with his gun, use their small children to bomb,.... Tragedy incidents to happen to this innocent 95 yrs old lady with diaper. We all need to keep our airliners safe because terrorists want to kill ALL American people with anything they can use anything ideas to destroy USA. Maybe for those people with health problems aware cards to carry with them @ all the time? Something always pops up something new problem that needs to be solve after tragedy incidents.... probably won't be an easy issue to resolve.

agaphmou by agaphmou | ASTORIA, NY
Jun 30, 2011

Let me ask you imbecile000....if someone asked you to remove your underwear in their prescence,is that respectful?! And honestly I don't think anyone should accept to be put through those machines,especially people who have had tumors and children

agaphmou by agaphmou | ASTORIA, NY
Jun 30, 2011

Yea,I'm so sure that his 95 yr old lady with leukemia in a wheelchair is a terrorist with bombs stuffed into her diaper! Are they kidding??!?! I would never go through their x-ray machines because emit tons of cancer-causing radiation.This whole thing with the TSA is ridiculous

imbecile000 by imbecile000 | Winnipeg, OU
Jun 28, 2011

The articles that I read this morning said that the TSA officials were respectful. That it was conducted in a respectful manner and both the family and the individual were not offended. Wouldn't people rather be safe while flying? While it seems inhumane on the face - not everyone wears a diaper, and that would be a great place to stow something dangerous to avoid inspection. I think security is generally right to be vigilant (that's their job). They will be the first blamed if something slips through.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Jun 28, 2011

While I know these people are "just doing their jobs", I think this is terrible. I know we need to keep our airliners safe, but there has to be respect too....this probably won't be an easy issue to resolve.

Fawn77 by Fawn77 | TIPP CITY, OH
Jun 28, 2011

i think this is horrible and i can just imagine what could happen here in a few weeks when i take my 2 7 month old twins on plane to see my sister. they sure wouldnt have a calm person their hands if it was me.