TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida

June 26, 2011|By the CNN Wire Staff
Jean Weber says TSA officials forced her 95-year-old mother, pictured here, to remove her adult diaper.

The Transportation Security Administration stood by its security officers Sunday after a Florida woman complained that her cancer-stricken, 95-year-old mother was patted down and forced to remove her adult diaper while going through security.

Reports of the incident took hold in social media, with scores of comments on the topic and reposts appearing hourly on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The TSA released a statement Sunday defending its agents’ actions at the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

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

It’s a good thing TSA came along, all those defrocked priests had nowhere else to go.

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