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.But the bureaucrats are implacable:
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.”
Weber said she wished there were less invasive search methods for an elderly person who is unable to walk through security gates."Terrorists"? Are they allowed to use that word? Only when they're dealing with grannies and toddlers. Guys whose names appear on terrorist watch lists breeze through security with explosives in their underwear; no 45 minute invasive searches for them. That kind of treatment would be discriminatory, and is reserved for nonagenarians with advanced leukemia.
“I don’t understand why they have to put them through that kind of procedure,” she said.
Koshetz said the procedures are the same for everyone to ensure national security.
“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.
Sen. Rand Paul calls the TSA "clueless." He must have been in a generous mood.
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Steyn has written a Corner post on this (and linked here -- Welcome, Corner readers, make yourselves at home!):
There is a term for regimes that submit law-abiding wheelchair-bound dying nonagenarians to public humiliations without probable cause and it isn’t “republic of limited government”. Given everybody’s touchiness over Kathryn’s North Korean comparisons, I’ll say only this: George III wouldn’t have done this to you.Read the rest. (Links in text above added by me. More on that later, perhaps.)
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