TSA Pats Down 95-Year-Old Cancer-Stricken Woman

by | June 27, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Travel

A passenger waits in line in front of a TSA agent earlier this year.

Security officers from the Transportation Security Administration patted down a 95-year-old woman stricken with cancer and forced her to remove her adult diaper earlier this month, CNN reports. The TSA is defending their officers, saying proper procedures were followed.

Ninety-five-year-old Lena Reppert and her daughter, Jean Weber, were traveling from Florida to Michigan on June 18 when a TSA officer performed a pat-down on Reppert. Weber told CNN her mother was then brought into a private room where a TSA officer said she would need to remove her diaper because it was “wet and it was firm, and they couldn’t check it thoroughly.”

Weber told CNN she burst into tears during the incident, which caused TSA to pat her down as well. She told WDIV-TV of Detroit her mother is currently doing well in Michigan and that her family “was treating her like royalty because they love her so much.”

The TSA released a statement Sunday defending the officers’ actions, deeming them professional.

“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 statement said. “We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”

Weber has filed a complaint with the TSA.