TSA Searches Dying 95-Year-Old Woman For 45 Minutes and Reportedly Forces Her To Remove Adult Diaper

While TSA has finally given into complaints about its staff groping children, it appears undeterred with geriatrics. A family was horrified last week when TSA subjected Lena Reppert, 95, to a 45 minute search and forced her to remove her adult diaper. Reppert is in the late-stages of leukemia and was traveling to her native Michigan to say goodbye.

She was singled out by TSA because she was in a wheelchair. When they found the adult diaper, she and her daughter were given the choice of either not flying or flying without the adult diaper.

The daughter has now filed a complaint.

Source: Telegraph

44 thoughts on “TSA Searches Dying 95-Year-Old Woman For 45 Minutes and Reportedly Forces Her To Remove Adult Diaper”

  1. I insist that the TSA come to my garden & take all the thorns off my roses.That would make my life so much safer. PROFILE THE GOD-DAMN MUSLIMS YOU NITS THAT’S WHO WE’RE @ WAR WITH !!!

  2. The Isralies have it right.
    Next week I HAVE to fly. I’ll go through the X-ray thing, but if ONE person lays a FINGER on me I’ll turn on my (footless) heel and walk out!!
    I can’t believe how stupid the TSA is–subjecting people to a strip search.

  3. http://epic.org/privacy/airtravel/backscatter/epic_v_dhs_radiation.html

    Documents Obtained by EPIC Through Its Lawsuit
    On June 24, 2011, EPIC released documents obtained from DHS as a result of EPIC’s lawsuit.

    The disclosed documents include agency emails, radiation studies, memoranda of agreement concerning radiation testing programs, and results of some radiation tests.

    The documents raise new questions concerning the radiation risks posed by the TSA full body scanner program. The records demonstrate:

    TSA employees have identified cancer clusters allegedly linked to radiation exposure while operating body scanners and other screening technology. However, the agency failed to issue employees dosimeters – safety devices that would warn of radiation exposure.

    The DHS has publicly mischaracterized the findings of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, stating that NIST “affirmed the safety” of full body scanners. NIST stated that the Institute did not, in fact, test full body scanners for safety, and that the Institute does not do product testing.

    A Johns Hopkins University study revealed that radiation zones around body scanners could exceed the “General Public Dose Limit.”

    A NIST study warns airport screeners to avoid standing next to full body scanners.

  4. @anon: We frame it as a cost benefit analysis trading off costs of the search versus costs of the hijacking, but that’s unfair because, as humans, we naturally place the cost of the hijacking/death/9/11 as infinitely high. (And yet, what other value can we give it?)

    The cost of 9/11 was about 3000 lives. In principle I agree that a life’s value is immeasurable in dollars; but so is the value of guaranteed freedoms. So it doesn’t make a difference how much it costs in dollars or how much it saves in dollars. We have the right to be free from search without warrant, we have the right to be free from warrant without plausible evidence of wrong-doing, and we have the right to be considered innocent of crimes until we are proven guilty of a crime.

    These rights do not come with a price tag attached. Within my philosophy, at least, although I have the right to risk my life, nobody else has the right to risk my life and then just pay up if my life is lost. Billionaires should not get a pass on reckless endangerment or manslaughter, they should go to jail.

    We cannot really put numbers and do a cost-benefit analysis on the value of freedom versus the value of life, these values are determined by each person individually. There is no objective measure.

    The TSA procedures should be up to the citizens. In order to conduct these searches, they actually require a constitutional amendment, or a partial repeal of the 14th amendment, and the result will be the wholesale legalization of the general police state we have seen emerging in the last decade, and an end to all of our freedoms, including free speech.

    So to me THAT is the real question, and the cost-benefit analysis is: How much liberty will we trade away for greater safety? I don’t think either can be measured in dollars, but any gains in safety are at the expense of liberty, and recently we’ve been on a cowardly spending spree, giving up our civil liberties left and right.

  5. @frank: The story I heard (from my wife, who saw it on TV) is that the elderly woman was flying to Michigan not just to see her relatives, but to see the places she grew up one last time. She was a native Michigander.

  6. I know it is already too late to get the story straight but the headline and the story cut out some important facts.
    The story isn’t “federal agents ordered [woman’s] elderly mother to remove her adult diaper,”. The elderly woman had a soiled adult diaper, the TSA alerted the woman’s mother to the problem, and the woman didn’t have a spare diaper for her mother to use. Were TSA agents supposed to allow the woman to remain in her own waste? I’m not saying the daughter was negligent in not preparing for her mother’s travel, because there may be more to the story. (I’m also not commenting on why the mother’s family members would make their wheelchair bound, incontinent, dying 95-year-old relative fly to Michigan, rather than getting their own asses on a flight to Florida. Maybe they were older and sicker.)

    But the story is not that the TSA agents searched the diaper, or ordered the mother to remove the diaper so they could search underneath the diaper. It’s not to hard to imagine that the agents were simply discreetly advising the daughter of her mother’s problem, which the daughter was unaware of.

  7. Keith Olbermann just named John Pistole, TSA chief, today’s “Worst Person in the World.”

    The statement by the Pistole’s TSA on this case is one for the books: “We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”

  8. Absolutely. But first the manufacturers and the TSA would have to admit they are dangerous. And that would cut into Michael Cherthoff’s profits. What’s a few more workers with cancer if he can make a buck and help violate the Constitutional rights of citizens?

  9. buddha

    shouldn’t osha mandate extra protection for tsa screeners who have to work near the device?

  10. i do hope the tsa agents found a big brown bomb

    here’s a handy wipe, it needed changing anyway.

  11. @Budda — “Yeah, I do have a solution. Do away with the TSA altogether and repeal the Patriot Act.”

    This is the first non-retarded comment you’ve made in a month.

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