Transportation Security Administration officials at the Washington Dulles International Airport, USA, have earned for themselves harsh criticisms as they subject a wheelchair-bound 96-year-old woman to extensive body search while the aged woman looks extremely powerless and at their mercy.
Though the video was posted about three weeks ago by Facebook user, Jeanne LaBrier Clarkson, it has continued to generate unsparing criticisms and anger from those who chanced upon it, putting the issue in public domain all the time.
Ms Jeanne Clarkson said that though all the three of them family members on the journey were wheelchair-bound, it was a surprise that only her 96-year-old mother was subjected to the “prolonged, repetitive search,” after which nothing incriminating was found on her.
In its defense, a TSA representative had said, “TSA is committed to ensuring the security of travelers, while treating all passengers with dignity and respect.
“In this instance, the TSA officer provided advisements during the pat-down and was extremely polite.
“The passenger was very cooperative and gave no indication that she was agitated or in discomfort. She received a pat-down and was cleared for her flight.”
The video has since generated 30,000 comments, 140,000 shares and 8.9 million views.
See the video, as posted by Jeanne Clarkson on her Facebook wall:
The 3 of us were all in wheelchairs. Only my 96 year old mother was subjected to this prolonged, repetitive search.
Posted by Jeanne LaBrier Clarkson on Tuesday, May 15, 2018