Airport security gone mad? 95-year-old told to remove 'nappy'

Airport security officers in Florida patted down a cancer-stricken 95-year-old woman and made her remove her adult 'nappy' during the search.

According to CNN, Jena Weber was travelling with her ill mother on 18 June from Florida to Michigan to see relatives 'in the final stages of her battles with leukaemia', when the incident happened at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.

Weber told the CNN that while she thinks the officers may have been 'procedurally correct... the procedure needs to be changed'.

Weber also noted that her mother had had a blood transfusion the week before.

While passing through security, TSA officials 'felt something suspicious and they couldn't determine what it was', so they took Weber's mother to a private room.

A TSA agent told Weber that her mother's Depends underwear was 'wet and firm and they couldn't check it thoroughly', so the pair left in search of a bathroom to remove the underwear. Weber did not have an extra pair of Depends with her.

Weber 'burst into tears' but her mother was 'very calm' even though she was forced to go through the airport without underwear. Her elderly mother was taken to the boarding gate without her as Weber was still going through security.

In response to the incident, the TSA said on Sunday that '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.

'We have reviewed the circumstances involving this screening and determined that our officers acted professionally and according to proper procedure.'

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