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megimoo
06-27-2011, 10:08 AM
The Transportation Security Administration doesn't think its agents did anything wrong in asking an elderly woman with cancer to remove her adult diaper during an aiport security screening. The agency came under fire after Florida woman Jean Weber claimed her 95-year-old mother was forced to take off her diaper for a pat down at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport last weekend.

"It's something I couldn't imagine happening on American soil," Weber told the Northwest Florida Daily News. "While every person and item must be screened before entering the secure boarding area,

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/06/26/2011-06-26_tsa_defends_decision_to_make_95yearold_cancer_p atient_remove_adult_diaper_for_se.html#ixzz1QTS31J SV

linda22003
06-27-2011, 10:20 AM
There's a thread on DU that's as much against this as you are - as we all are.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=439&topic_id=1367062&mesg_id=1367103

Novaheart
06-27-2011, 11:19 AM
I stopped going to rock concerts when they started searching people at the door. Haven't been to one since. I realize that everyone doesn't have the luxury or possibility of choosing to drive. I do.

TSA's stated position on such complaints in the past has been that if they don't search cops, nuns, children, and old ladies in wheelchairs then terrorist groups will use such people for vehicles in the future. There is some logic to that.

noonwitch
06-27-2011, 11:49 AM
She should have filled the diaper first, to make the experience as pleasurable for the TSA as it was for her.

megimoo
06-27-2011, 03:30 PM
She should have filled the diaper first, to make the experience as pleasurable for the TSA as it was for her.

Taking Depends Diapers from an Incontinence old woman is never pleasant for her or anyone else !

jendf
06-27-2011, 03:43 PM
She should have filled the diaper first, to make the experience as pleasurable for the TSA as it was for her.

According to the article, she did. That's the whole reason they made her daughter change her in the first place.


During the private patdown, Weber says, the agent came out of the room to tell Weber that her mother's adult diaper had been soiled and couldn't be checked properly, and they needed her to change it to finish the search.

Do they require all babies to go through the checkpoints with clean diapers?

Reason #13,986 why I if don't absolutely have to fly, I ain't gonna.

SaintLouieWoman
06-27-2011, 04:23 PM
According to the article, she did. That's the whole reason they made her daughter change her in the first place.



Do they require all babies to go through the checkpoints with clean diapers?

Reason #13,986 why I if don't absolutely have to fly, I ain't gonna.
Can't wait for SR to get the OK to drive again. Our last trip to St Louis wasn't pleasant on the small local carrier we used. Besides being almost 3 hours late going there, they were over an hour late arriving. It wasn't a pleasant trip. That reminds me, I need to try again to get through to them. My email to their "customer service" desk never got there. They probably gave me a nonexistent email address. :mad:

I can't even imagine how horrible it will be when the TSA folks are unionized.

linda22003
06-27-2011, 05:08 PM
Reason #13,986 why I if don't absolutely have to fly, I ain't gonna.

I don't unless I have to. I can't get a bus to and from Italy in September, though. :)

hampshirebrit
06-27-2011, 05:30 PM
I don't unless I have to. I can't get a bus to and from Italy in September, though. :)

There are excellent liner services from NYC to Southampton that you could consider, or if you don't mind slumming it, there are many container ships that provide decent berths. Ir only adds seven days onto the whole trip-time, and you can rent some very nice vehicles in the UK once you're here, we're not that primitive.

Next time I visit the US, I'm hoping to do the journey this way. I don't mind flying, but I prefer to be the one in the frontmost left hand seat, and let's face it, that just ain't gonna happen on a transatlantic flight.

Novaheart
06-27-2011, 07:41 PM
I can't even imagine how horrible it will be when the TSA folks are unionized.

I wasn't aware that our complaint was with the job security or working conditions of the front line employees; I thought it was with the policies of the TSA.

SaintLouieWoman
06-27-2011, 09:29 PM
I wasn't aware that our complaint was with the job security or working conditions of the front line employees; I thought it was with the policies of the TSA.
Our complaint indeed is with their policies. Some of the employees are almost apologetic when they do the pat downs. Others are obnoxious and aggressive. I always get the old patdown because I had a knee replacement over 10 years ago because of an auto accident. I have put up with this for many years and still have to try to keep myself under control.

On my last trip, the woman in the small airport in Ft Myers must have been on a power trip. She was totally obnoxious and made me wait even longer after she "tested the gloves" with some sort of powder. She was very invasive in her search, went way beyond what was necessary.

The woman in St Louis airport was apologetic and didn't put me through the same ordeal.

I don't want them to have that union backing. They'll really be obnoxious as they'll know that they have that old job security and do about anything they want.

txradioguy
06-28-2011, 12:23 AM
I don't want them to have that union backing. They'll really be obnoxious as they'll know that they have that old job security and do about anything they want.

Not to mention the threat of them striking and shutting down travel during the holidays every time they want more coffee breaks in their 8 hours shifts.

Phillygirl
06-28-2011, 12:35 AM
According to the article, she did. That's the whole reason they made her daughter change her in the first place.



Do they require all babies to go through the checkpoints with clean diapers?

Reason #13,986 why I if don't absolutely have to fly, I ain't gonna.

I figure that's reason #13,987 not to have kids.

linda22003
06-28-2011, 08:14 AM
There are excellent liner services from NYC to Southampton that you could consider, or if you don't mind slumming it, there are many container ships that provide decent berths. Ir only adds seven days onto the whole trip-time, and you can rent some very nice vehicles in the UK once you're here, we're not that primitive.



The amount of time we have for vacation makes that impracticable; after we retire we are only doing transatlantic or transpacific by ship. I won't see Asia at all until after retirement, because I just can't do 14-20 hour flights.