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TSA latest patdown fiasco

Original post made by pares, Fairmeadow, on Jun 27, 2011

This is just outrageous that TSA screeners are performing such intrusive examinations on a routine, random basis. Does it achieve the stated goal to keep us safer on planes? I don't think so. Here's the story on an elderly woman being humiliated by having to remove her diaper:

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There are too many ways for terrorists to get around these x-ray machines and or pat downs.

Let's go back to the regular screening methods prior to these pat downs.

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Posted by Just Thinking
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I have seen several reports about this incident.

What I have not seen is what happens when a toddler is wearing a "wet and firm" diaper? Is that removed in a separate room also? Is there a double standard here for adults wearing diapers as opposed to children wearing diapers? I would like to think they are both treated with the same respect and dignity.

But, the bigger question I ask myself is what was the daughter thinking? How long was this lady sitting in a wet Depends and how long would it have been until it was changed? As a parent who often flew with children in diapers (before the extra security measures) I always had spare diapers on my carry on and even when they were potty trained I would carry spare clothing in case of accidents. Neglecting a wet or soiled diaper for several hours would be poor parenting. Likewise leaving an adult in a wet or soiled Depends for several hours is just not the action of a responsible caregiver.

Unless of course someone wanted to make a point and used a helpless individual to do so.


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