Good Grief: TSA Searches 96-Year-Old Wheelchair Bound Woman, Sparks Debate

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Posted: Jun 10, 2018 5:00 PM
Good Grief: TSA Searches 96-Year-Old Wheelchair Bound Woman, Sparks Debate

Talk about an invasion of privacy.  Millions of people have watched TSA agents pat-down, search, and creep upon a 96-year-old wheelchair bound mother. While public safety and airport security is important, many are saying this was over the line and completely unnecessary. Still, others assert the TSA agents were doing their duty. 

Jeanne Clarkson was traveling with her mother, Evelyn Labrier who happens to be in a wheel chair when TSA agents decided that her mother might some how pose a security threat and needed an invasive pat-down. 

(Via CBS News)

"I was just shocked.  I've traveled with her before, I've been in a wheelchair myself unable to walk through the machines and I've never had that kind of a pat-down ever.  I was just shocked. I couldn't believe they were doing this to my 96-year-old mother," Jeanne Clarkson told CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave. "It was just shock, and frustration because they would not talk to me. I felt helpless."

Clarkson says she, her fiancé and Evelyn LaBrier were traveling back home to Anderson, Indiana after visiting her son in Maryland. The TSA screener was polite and explained what was happening during the search which included a pat-down of LaBrier's chest and pelvis region.

Clarkson says TSA did not explain what they were looking for, which has left her mother shocked and traumatized from the ordeal. 

"She didn't know what to say. She does not want to fly again ever. She didn't know what they were looking for. She was scared," Clarkson said of her mother. "She was just following directions. She said she didn't know what to do."

Commenters on Facebook have offered a mix bag of reactions. Some say "This poor lady! Her shoulder was stiff and she needed that arm rest so badly! She was so patient! She may have needed to use the restroom after all that prodding! Bless her!" and "Wow,sorry your mother had to go through that,like she has something to hide.where do they get these ingorant (sic) people?" 

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Others, however, say TSA was simply doing their job. "s it possible that despite the discomfort, the TSA searching elders like she to prevent others using them as a carriers unknowingly?," one user pondered. Another user said, "If you dont (sic) agree with the airlines safety procedures dont (sic) fly..the world is in turmoil and safty (sic) is a must no matter color or age or gender..you are not privileged."

The video can be seen here.