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TSA Officials Ask Elderly Woman With Leukemia to Remove Adult Diaper


A 95-year-old woman was detained and extensively searched while trying to board a plane to Michigan Saturday in order to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia. The Panama City News Herald reports that the woman's daughter is now filing a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security for asking her wheelchair-bound mother to remove her adult diaper to complete a pat-down search. FoxNews.com was able able to obtain the displayed photo of the mother and daughter from a 2010 trip to New Orleans.

"It's something I couldn't imagine happening on American soil." said the daughter.

A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration in Miami could not give a comment to reporters because she could not comment on specific cases to protect the privacy of those involved. The 105-pound harassed woman entered the airport's security checkpoint in a wheelchair because she was not stable enough to walk through.

“TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” said the spokeswoman.

After filing a complaint, the daughter received a reponse from a Homeland Security representative that told her personnel had only followed procedures during the search.

“Then I thought, if you’re just following rules and regulations, then the rules and regulations need to be changed,” said the daughter.

"I’m not one to make waves, but dadgummit, this is wrong. People need to know. Next time it could be you.”

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