Taking disabled people's toys, exposing women's breasts, making women remove their prosthetic breasts: seems TSA agents never stop figuring out new ways to be sadistic. Now comes word that some agents made a wheelchair-bound, 95-year-old woman with final-stage leukemia take off her adult diaper for pat-down purposes.
Jean Weber—the daughter of the 95-year-old woman in question—has already filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security against the TSA agents at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport who conducted the search, which went something like this:
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.
Citing "privacy" concerns, ha, TSA spokesfolks won't comment on the particulars of this incident, but assert that "the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security." But this can't be true, because if it was, we'd hear stories like this one more often. It's better if we don't, though.