A woman has filed a complaint with federal authorities over how her elderly mother was treated at Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend.
Jean Weber of Destin 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.
Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber said Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
That is a TRAVISTY!!!
Answer by turtldov at 1:51 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
No words. . . .
Answer by QuinnMae at 1:54 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Answer by Rosehawk at 2:08 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 2:11 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Answer by minnesotanice at 2:17 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Weber said she did not know whether her mother had triggered an alarm during the 45 minutes they were detained.
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.
My guess is that she hadn't thought ahead to a soiled undergarment because she probably didn't expect to be detained for 45 minutes. It's possible the daughter thought she would have time to take her mother to the restroom before the flight so that she could relieve herself. It's possible that a 95 year old woman in the final stages of leukemia was intimidated and scared and had an accident when being invasively searched by strangers for the better part of an hour.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:39 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
It's killing the messenger. Most of us work within some sort of framework with guidelines, and those at the lower end of the earnings scale even more so- TSA members are not paid to think...they are paid to follow guidelines, even if those guidelines appear to be asinine-
A job with zero autonomy, but for many a job that they are thankful to have, nonetheless.
Who decides the guidelines? Who decided that diapers would need to be checked? Obama? Head of HLS?
Answer by Sisteract at 3:06 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:07 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Answer by miss_lisa at 8:04 PM on Jun. 26, 2011
Next question overall
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