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TSA Pats Down Elderly Woman, Defends Agents’ Actions [VIDEO]

The Transportation Security Administration is once again making headlines after its pat down of a 95-year-old woman traveling from Florida to Michigan.  Jean Webber told CNN her 95-year-old cancer-stricken mother was forced to remove her adult diaper before boarding a plane. 

The TSA responded, “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,” the federal agency said. “We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.”

How far is too far?  Shouldn’t TSA agents be able to use a little discretion when deciding how extensively to search passengers?  Obviously planes need to be safe, and agents are responsible for keeping individuals who pose a threat from boarding, but isn’t it a safe assumption that a 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair presents little risk?

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