When is it okay to grope your Grandma? Seriously if it was your mother and she was 95 years old, when would it be okay for TSA to pull the following stunt. It depends if she is wearing Depends at the time of her flight according to an incident that occurred at the Northwest Regional Airport in Florida. Oh? You missed it on the nightly news? There probably wasn't enough fluff to catch the average American's attention.
If this had been my mother I would be a bit outraged myself so read on. Not only was the old girl 95 but she was in the terminal stages of leukemia. She had been losing the battle for 8 years and wanted to return to her home state of Michigan one last time. You see, the doctors had told her she didn't have much longer to live. Obviously her condition would be considered frail. She was in a wheelchair.
Jean Weber, her daughter explained that her mother wanted to be closer to her grave. She added that in her mind it would probably be the last time she ever saw her mother. She has my condolences because I lost my mother years ago and it is never a good feeling knowing that the last time I saw her might be the very last time I saw her.
It must have been the wheelchair because I fail to understand the rationale of what occurred next as she was wheeled into the screening area. Wheelchairs can't make it through a metal detector without all kinds of alarms going off. But a frail 95 year old Grandma, who isn't on a watch list, seems an unlikely terrorist suspect.
They wheeled Granny to the side and two agents started their groping routine. As they groped they contended they found something hard. Could it be a gun? A gun packing Granny, what a find. This was gonna get them both an atta boy! Off they wheeled the old girl to a room where two female agents were gleefully pulling on their rubber gloves. They were prepared to, at last in the entire history of the TSA, find the first possible terrorist suspect in America - a 95 year old on her death bed woman. What they found instead was that she was wearing a Depends adult diaper.
It seems that the "hard" object was where the diaper had bunched up. So that evidently wasn't enough to satisfy this bunch of Keystone Cops. Now mind you that airlines try to run on time and they usually don't wait for the gropers to finish their groping. That's not their problem.
45 minutes had elapsed and time was running short. Grandma was given the option - shed the diaper or no fly. I swear to God on a stack of Bibles. So Jean ran to the bathroom with her mother and did a strip down. She was purportedly bawling like a baby having her mother subjected to such treatment. Dependless, she was wheeled back to the group of gropers at the security check point. According to the account, she was crying and begging these rent a cops to let her dying mother through. I wonder if this has left a bad taste in her mouth?
A TSA spokesperson said that under 'no instance' would a rent a fuzz request that a person remove an adult diaper. So Jean Weber was making this all up? They went mum about the incident but the agency contends that they followed "protocol." I think they better look up the definition of the word. Seriously?
Here's the official statement: “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. We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.” Seriously?
She arrived at the departure area with a mere two minutes to spare. Can you imagine how bitter sweet that last goodbye must have been for mother and daughter?
May God bless you and keep you Lena Reppert. That's the gropee. And may the fires of hell await the idiots that would subject a dying 95 year old woman to such inhumane treatment. How utterly disgusting!