Transportation

TSA Forces Dying 95-Year-Old Woman to Remove Adult Diaper

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

People who think these TSA patdowns have gotten out of hand have a new incident for their argument -- an elderly dying woman was forced to remove her adult diaper in order to board a plane.

Jean Weber brought her mother to Northwest Florida Regional Airport on June 18 for a flight to her native Michigan. Her mother, Lena Reppert, is 95 years old, and is in the late stages of leukemia.

“She said she wanted to be closer to her grave,” Weber told FoxNews.com. “I knew it would probably be the last time I ever see her."

But she said TSA agents ruined their final moments.

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Since she was in a wheelchair, which cannot go through metal detectors, Reppert was taken out of the security line.

“So they brought my mom to the side, and two agents just started patting her,” Weber said. “Eventually they found something that appeared to be hard and they said could be a concealed weapon.”

She said two female agents took her mother to a private room for a more thorough search -- a search Weber was not allowed to witness. The "hard" thing they found was a "bunched up" adult diaper.

After 45 minutes Reppert was wheeled out, and the agents gave Weber and Reppert two options -- remove the diaper or don't fly.

“I ran with her to the bathroom and stripped her down,” Weber said. “I got back to the line and just started bawling. I just cried and said, ‘Please can you let her through, she’s just so sick.'"

Reppert made her flight by just two minutes.

“It was tough to say goodbye after all of that,” Weber said. “But she’s at peace, and she’s a good Christian woman. They’ll be waiting for her up there in Heaven."

The NewsHerald.com said a TSA spokeswoman would not comment on the case, only saying, “The TSA works with passengers to resolve any security alarms in a respectful and sensitive manner. TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability.”