TSA agents required a 95-year-old woman in the final stages of Leukemia to remove her adult diaper in order to complete a security screening at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport last weekend, according to family members.
Jean Weber filed a complaint with the TSA after her mother endured the 45 minute ordeal prior to boarding a flight to Michigan to be with family members during the final days of her battle with cancer, according to a Panama City newspaper.
“It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber told the News Herald Friday. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”
Lena Reppert arrived at the checkpoint in a wheelchair. According to TSA protocol, passengers in wheelchairs trigger additional security screening, including a pat-down search, since wheelchairs cannot go through the X-ray machine.
“So they brought my mom to the side, and two agents just started patting her,” Weber told Fox News. “Eventually they found something that appeared to be hard and they said could be a concealed weapon.”
At that point, agents wheeled Reppert into a private room and found she was wearing the Depends undergarment. Her daughter sat outside the room.
“It was hard because the underwear was bunched up,” Weber said.
According to the New Herald story, agents came out and told Weber that they would need to remove the adult diaper because it was soiled and impeding the search. Weber took her mother to the bathroom and removed the Depend. She said they didn’t have another one to put on her.Details