There must be a better way to protect us than this:
Jean Weber of Destin filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security after her 95-year-old mother was detained and extensively searched last Saturday while trying to board a plane to fly to Michigan to be with family members during the final stages of her battle with leukemia.
Her mother, who was in a wheelchair, was asked to remove an adult diaper in order to complete a pat-down search.
On the other hand, the TSA spokesperson was correct when she said that even the elderly need special checking if an alarm is triggered, because ““TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability.”
The entire thing puts me in mind of the ending of the excellent movie “The Day of the Jackal” (1973 version, not the remake). I’m talking about the following clip (MAJOR spoiler alert; if you’re not familiar with the movie, do not watch because this will give away the ending. Instead, I recommend renting the whole thing):