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Groping Granny


When is it okay to grope your Grandma? Seriously if it was your mother and she was 95 years old, when would it be okay for TSA to pull the following stunt. It depends if she is wearing Depends at the time of her flight according to an incident that occurred at the Northwest Regional Airport in Florida. Oh? You missed it on the nightly news? There probably wasn't enough fluff to catch the average American's attention.

If this had been my mother I would be a bit outraged myself so read on. Not only was the old girl 95 but she was in the terminal stages of leukemia. She had been losing the battle for 8 years and wanted to return to her home state of Michigan one last time. You see, the doctors had told her she didn't have much longer to live. Obviously her condition would be considered frail. She was in a wheelchair.

Jean Weber, her daughter explained that her mother wanted to be closer to her grave. She added that in her mind it would probably be the last time she ever saw her mother. She has my condolences because I lost my mother years ago and it is never a good feeling knowing that the last time I saw her might be the very last time I saw her.

It must have been the wheelchair because I fail to understand the rationale of what occurred next as she was wheeled into the screening area. Wheelchairs can't make it through a metal detector without all kinds of alarms going off. But a frail 95 year old Grandma, who isn't on a watch list, seems an unlikely terrorist suspect.

They wheeled Granny to the side and two agents started their groping routine. As they groped they contended they found something hard. Could it be a gun? A gun packing Granny, what a find. This was gonna get them both an atta boy! Off they wheeled the old girl to a room where two female agents were gleefully pulling on their rubber gloves. They were prepared to, at last in the entire history of the TSA, find the first possible terrorist suspect in America - a 95 year old on her death bed woman. What they found instead was that she was wearing a Depends adult diaper.


It seems that the "hard" object was where the diaper had bunched up. So that evidently wasn't enough to satisfy this bunch of Keystone Cops. Now mind you that airlines try to run on time and they usually don't wait for the gropers to finish their groping. That's not their problem.

45 minutes had elapsed and time was running short. Grandma was given the option - shed the diaper or no fly. I swear to God on a stack of Bibles. So Jean ran to the bathroom with her mother and did a strip down. She was purportedly bawling like a baby having her mother subjected to such treatment. Dependless, she was wheeled back to the group of gropers at the security check point. According to the account, she was crying and begging these rent a cops to let her dying mother through. I wonder if this has left a bad taste in her mouth?

A TSA spokesperson said that under 'no instance' would a rent a fuzz request that a person remove an adult diaper. So Jean Weber was making this all up? They went mum about the incident but the agency contends that they followed "protocol." I think they better look up the definition of the word. Seriously?

Here's the official statement: “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.” Seriously?

She arrived at the departure area with a mere two minutes to spare. Can you imagine how bitter sweet that last goodbye must have been for mother and daughter?

May God bless you and keep you Lena Reppert. That's the gropee. And may the fires of hell await the idiots that would subject a dying 95 year old woman to such inhumane treatment. How utterly disgusting!


The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on May 01, 2012:

Express 10 - Right now the TSA has a 50% turn over rate and are hiring people without having complete background checks on them. Think about it...

The Frog

H C Palting from East Coast on April 30, 2012:

Old Empresario has a point, some of the TSA agents take too much pride and enthusiasm in their pat downs/groping. I would not be surprised if people are horrified to see photos that look extremely familiar and humiliating on the web.

Old Empresario on January 04, 2012:

Typically, cops are dumb. But the TSA (or most federal police under the DHS) are particularly dense and make your local sheriff's deputies look like Einstein. Most of them were basically offered the TSA security job in the government's attempts to get them off welfare. Is it responsible to allow these "professionals" to view our wives and daughters naked on backscatter x-rays? How long before photos start showing up on the internet? I will say that I have seen a gradual decrease in the use of the backscatter devices in security checkpoints since November 2010.

Stu From VT on July 10, 2011:

Well, if it was a roll of dimes, wouldn't that just set off the legacy metal detector? What do we need grope and zap for if Weiner has a copper/nickel alloy schlong? I'm writing a letter to Pistole today asking him about this. Maybe Pistole has a metallic pistole too. Would be more proof we don't need all this nonsense. In fact, it's dangerous for others in line - microwaving metal can cause electrical arking leading to a fire hazard. Trust me, before this is over, this problem is going to be fixed, or I'll be consigned to a rubber room by the TSA (Vegas odds have it at 2/98, respectively).

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 10, 2011:

Stu - I heard it was a roll of dimes. I sure don't want to find out though.

Stu From VT on July 09, 2011:

I've heard Islamics are getting a free pass at the security checkpoints. I wonder if Congress is too. Would they dare grope or microwave Weiner's weiner?

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 09, 2011:

Or his electronic burger flipper from his last job at McDonalds.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 09, 2011:

Hooked up to his pacemaker perhaps?

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 09, 2011:

I'm wondering whether his BVDs are wired for sound?

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 09, 2011:

I have been told that before Stu. (shrugs)

Stu From VT on July 09, 2011:

Hyphenbird - You are TOO MUCH! :)

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 09, 2011:

Hyphenbird - Now you have me ROTFLMAO.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 09, 2011:

I hadn't heard about that. I suppose that shows how effective criminal background checks are. Surely someone that stupid has been caught before. Here is how it goes at his house when he comes home from work. "Welcome home dear. Is that an IPad or are you just happy to see me?"

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 09, 2011:

Hyphenbird - Common sense is in short supply these days. Did you here that they just caught one of these TSA guys with someone's IPad shoved down his shorts? LMAO. An example of the defenders of our freedom.

The Frog

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 09, 2011:

America will never win the war on terrorism or any other thing until a virus ravages most of the people. I pray for it to happen daily and wish I could feed it into the water supply. It is called common sense.

Stu From VT on July 01, 2011:

I for one refuse to fly unless I can pick a cute female TSA agent for the patdown. If I have to be abused, I should at least get to enjoy it.

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 01, 2011:

Amy - I won't even comment on that here. They might throw me off the site! LMAO

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on July 01, 2011:

Hey, froggie, I don't know about you, but I wouldn't trust a TSA employee to flip my burger.

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on July 01, 2011:

Harvey - All i know is they better not try touchin' my junk in my trunks.

Harvey Stelman on July 01, 2011:

Froggy, Years ago I was going to Fla. by plane. My scooter couldn't go through the metal detector, so I was familiar about going on the side.

A detector was run over me as I sat in my scooter. I asked the person scanning me to run the detector under the scooter and where the batteery is, each time I received the same response. "You don't look like you would harm anyone, you're cleared to go." They have always done the wrong thing! H

Stu From VT on June 30, 2011:


They ARE his advisors. Obama has hired numerous Islamics wih ties to radical groups into sensitive admin positions in the federal government. This thing is extremely serious. There are reports that Islamics are operating about 40 paramilitary training camps on US soil, and Obama is fine with it. And as you know, Obama is committed to taking down every secular leader in North Africa and the Middle East and handing power over to the Muslim Brotherhood. The man is INSANE. If enough of these countries fall and become Iranian satellites, a blockade of Mediterranean seagates could threaten central European trade, and Persian Gulf oil passages could be blocked, threatening the world flow of oil. Don't think for a minute that Germany & Co. will use the gentile US tactic of micro-targeting military installations; the long term history of Germanic warfare is scorched earth. A war between central Europe and radical Islam (Iran and its cohorts) could easily spark WWIII. Obama has to be the stupidest man on the planet.


Pollyannalana from US on June 30, 2011:

If the are looking for terrorists all they have to do is find Obama. I think they are his new advisers. Yep, pretty sure.

TheGroundsquirrel on June 30, 2011:

And so goes the further adventures of Ichabod Obama, the headless president.

Stu From VT on June 29, 2011:

I swear I get more confused every time I hear about the stuff the feds are doing. On the one hand, they are paranoid about safety, like flight passenger screening, oil rig spills, and eating fatty foods. But on the other hand, they are so reckless about safety they are almost like antisocials - hiring Islamics with very shady connections to radical groups into highly sensitive federal posts, supressing public knowledge of nuclear accidents (like the recent potential meltdown from flooding at a nuclear plant in Nebraska) because Obama considers nuclear to be a "green option," letting radical Islamics operate paramilitary training camps on US soil (about 40 of them), (ostensibly) allowing the ATF to encourage US gun dealers to sell automatic weapons to straw buyers for Mexican drug gangs, and ordering the spraying of oil dispersants in the Gulf that are extremely toxic to humans, fish, and plant life.

I think safety drives none of these decisions. I think Obama's goal is to pick-and-choose which risks to address or ignore on the basis of whether or not they will create class divides or some other kind of controversy or chaos. The risks themselves are just props to him; the choice to address or ignore is made purely to anger those who oppose his general ideology, and appease those who support it.

Were it not for the lousy jobs situation, Obama might be somewhat less cavalier in this respect. But he needs to create diversionary controversies so the 2012 election is not dominated by debate about unemployment, which could kill him at the polls.

What a statesman. A 95 year old sick woman in a wheelchair is a mortal threat, but citizens of Nebraska who could have been killed if the reactor melted down had no opportunity to take temporary leave as a precaution until the all-safe message was issued.

It's getting to the point that I can't get this damned moron out my head.

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 29, 2011:

34th BG - I knew there was a reason I always like to have you on my side.

34th Bomb Group on June 29, 2011:

Well, F.P.-

Having a bit (a LOT) of.experience in allowing power to go to one's head, I give the daughter a hell of a lot of credit for not beheading these TSA rent-a-cops. If ANY of the cops in my jurisdiction had done anything approaching this behavior they'd lose their jobs and, probably, their pensions and wind up in the hoosecow for as long as I could manage it.(We have ways to do this.)

Finish up with the fact that we have three International Border crossings & just think how much fun we could have!!

This is disgusting and I certainly hope a lot of folks will throw in a pot so the daughter will be able to.spend a few more pleasant days with her Mother.

The TSA & their goons should be eliminated. They have less training than a kid at WallyWorld & don't deserve one-quarter of what they're paid. I'd give 'em a try but I'm the wrong color and have WAY too much education.

partisan patriot on June 29, 2011:

Hey no that's a blog I'm looking forward to reading!

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 29, 2011:

partisan patriot - No problem. Every one here is wondering how to grope someone much younger than Granny.

LMAO. I wonder if TSA is hiring?

partisan patriot on June 29, 2011:

Sorry Froggy

Nothing left for commentary; just spewed all my venom out on my latest blog in response to that Liberal Dweeb Randslam!

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 29, 2011:

Dave - The airline gates are well away from the security check points and don't control the former burger flippers who work for the TSA.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on June 29, 2011:

Froggie: I'm shocked! As I read your report on this, I get the impression that these rent-a-cops making the search were actually getting their kicks out of all of this while supposedly acting in the performance of their duties. They should be fired and the airline reported to the FAA and boycotted.

angie ashbourne on June 29, 2011:

Hi! Well written hub. Angie

TheGroundsquirrel on June 28, 2011:

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry.

b. Malin on June 28, 2011:

Froggy, I wish she had "Dumped" a Load on that TWA Guy. I do, I do! I will be as CRUDE as they were to this Elderly Lady. God Bless her!

34th Bomb Group on June 28, 2011:

When I first heard of this I was incensenced. Sure - could a 90+ woman in a wheel chair pull out a Thompson and rake the TSA crowd? They'd get a medal. First we have 3 year olds and 93 year olds having to jump around on one leg while they take off their SNEAKERS and now this? I'm throwin' a flag.

In fact, I'm filing a lawsuit against the TSA for intentional infliction of emotional distress - but don't you dare ask that "woman" to pull back her head gear - she'll be a MAN!!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on June 28, 2011:

I always though that the airport security after 911 should have been outsourced to a n established bonded security company.

TheManWithNoPants from Tucson, Az. on June 28, 2011:


Hey my friend, long time!

My statement about freedom exchange is an irrefutable fact. I'll explain. You can live under the bridge, and have the freedom to sleep in as late as you want, not pay taxes, not go to work and so forth. If you decide you want to have the freedom of being able to take a warm shower, the freedom to watch TV, or throw some pop corn in the microwave, you have to trade in some freedoms. Of course they (the terrorist) didn't have the right to do what they did, but they did it anyway. Now, unfortunately, we have to adjust some freedoms. I said I was the odd man out here, but this hub and the evening news is making an issue of an old woman getting put in a very demeaning situation, not that some lobbyist did a good job of making somebody connected to the PSA thing very rich. I readily concede that PSA is an ineffective joke. The point is, that if security were run in the most effective way possible. (Israel) it would still change the way we do business. We'd still be trading freedoms, and people would still find something to scream about. Good security would require top notch profiling. The granny gropping lynch mob would be happy, including me, but the loonies would make it a 24/7 news specticle. My real point is that there is no way to make flying safe, and keep everyone happy. What happened to granny was aweful, but with over 2 million people boarding planes each day in the U.S., there are going to be some nightmares no matter how good your security. Just so there's no miss understanding here .. Granny gropping BAD! PSA, BAD! Screw the geeks and start profiling? Pricelesss!


quester.ltd on June 28, 2011:

we lost the war on 9.11 - we gave terrorism a complete victory over the American way of life - and the American people have handed it over without a whimper - why can we not walk on a plane without being groped - or open a bank account with 19 pieces of ID - or a myriad of other freedoms we have handed over to the CZAR of Homeland Security. Now if you disagree with someone they are likely to call the cops and report you as a really bad person.

Really, when I was growing up, the only Czars were in Russia - now, only in the US - sad, truly sad.

well written, Prince - thank you for bring this forward.


Becky on June 28, 2011:

I saw this yesterday and got so PO'd over it that I was mad all day. Now I am again. I guess if we don't want to be harassed, molested and groped when we fly, we will all have to wear burkas. If you are an angelic-looking 4 year old or a 95 year old on your death bed, you will be groped and molested. But if you look like you are hiding something (burkas), you are clear.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 2011:

Somehow, we have come to the point in our national journey where the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches only applies to criminals.

A cop must have reasonable cause to believe a suspect may be armed and dangerous before a pat down can occur, but TSA agents are free to assume that everyone boarding an airplane is armed and dangerous without the slightest justification for making that assumption!

I used to fly at least twice a week, but I no longer fly because it is no longer enjoyable. No wonder the airlines are teetering on the edge of bankruptcy!

This is one more thing that government has mucked up and one more reason for taking all sorts of unconstitutional powers away from government.

Harlan Colt from the Rocky Mountains on June 28, 2011:


You said...

"On September 1st 2001 America was raped by her own freedom. This forever forced us to give up certain freedoms in exchange for the freedom to fly."

And the statement is correct to a point. We already had the freedom to fly, so we didn't really exchange anything except perhaps a little freedom for security. We all know the famous quote, "Those who give up liberty for security shall have neither".

What is missing here, is those who took the freedom away, DO NOT have the legal authority to take it away, and we let them get away with it. But then, we let them get away with all kinds of illegal acts everyday - which is why we will all be slaves someday in the future. In many regards, we already are. While the janitors are overthrowing the company, most of us are too busy watching Desperate Housewives or whatever to lift a finger to stop them.

Another day, another deflated dollar, so long as America can buy beer and watch TV... all's good. And our patriots died for this? When shall we ALL be shamed into action?

- Harlan

TheManWithNoPants from Tucson, Az. on June 28, 2011:


I just talked to Mike. Excellent info. on the gold thing I sent him. He also tells me we may be neighbors for a couple of months when you come down. That's excitiing.

We also discussed this TSA thing. Instead of writting a book here, I'm just going to give you a challenge .. I agree with you on everything you said. I think profiling is the greatest tool we have in counter terrorism, fighting crime, and marketing. I think that PSA is an inefficient effort on our government's part that's making somebody rich as usual. BUT! That's NOT what's making the news and being written about. I guess my challenge would be, considering that I agree with you, is to read through my last comment again, and see where my disagreement really lies. This will make a really good hub my friend.


Harlan Colt from the Rocky Mountains on June 28, 2011:

The mistake Granny made was wearing the St. Patty's Day hat. All the hip terrorists are wearing giant green hats and diapers. See, if she had simply worn a black scarf over her face they would have rushed her right through so as not to appear to be discriminatory of race or religion.

You have a Constitutional right to travel freely and unencumbered. Isn't checking granny's diaper a little bit of an encumberment on her right? One would think so.

Where's the ACLU when you need them? Oh yea, they are probably too busy defending the rights of some cho-mo to help Granny out.

- Harlan

Ghost32 on June 28, 2011:

We are (temporarily) at a point in America where we have a "Strong Man President" similar to a Hugo Chavez in Venezuela (whenever he's healthy enough to function, anyway, rather than hiding out in Cuba).

That needs to change, and We the People ARE on the way to making those changes--but until that is accomplished, we need to (and will) elect our OWN "Strong Man or Maybe Woman President" in 2012. A Palin or Bachmann or Cain, while chopping the government down to size (only possible with conservative control of the Senate AND the House, of course), can (and will) remedy this TSA travesty in a heartbeat. A word to a Cabinet member, a few rewritten regulations, and...done deal.

Not that we don't need to continue snarling and even initiating "defensive actions"--such as writing, resistance (like Peter telling them to back off from his daughter), cell phone videos, legislative attacks, lawsuits, whatever means come to mind or lie shovel-ready for use.

TSA: Twisted Sick Arrogance.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 28, 2011:

I commend this daughter for only crying. I would have been arrested for sure. I cannot get this poor Mother's face out of my mind, as a reflection of our "national security efforts". I feel chilled to the core and cannot imagine what is next.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 28, 2011:

Thats O.K. Frog, I love blonds and will forgive them almost anything...lol.

PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on June 28, 2011:

Pants, you are wrong and it's not for the reasons you think. It is the typical knee-jerk government reaction to a problem. We must prevent any an all people from trying to harm or destroy our passenger aircraft BUT we cannot use the most effective tool PROFILING. I don't know if this true but one commentor said a woman(?) in a Burkha can walk right through. If that is true then all the other hysterics are meaningless. Either everything is good to stop terrorists or nothing. You can't pick a middle ground and try not to offend a certain group. You offend all or none, like the Israelis. Sorry pants. Peter

TheManWithNoPants from Tucson, Az. on June 28, 2011:


If 99 people agree on something, and you disagree, it's pretty safe to assume you're wrong. Such is the case here. The numbers against me indicate I'm wrong, but I don't feel wrong somehow. I just can't help how I feel. I'll try to explain..

Before it was gross groping, it was gross in incompetency. Everyone compared our lame efforts at the airport to Israel's high efficiency in this area. (check out those procedures!) So now they've stepped it up, and everyone goes crazy. I admit some of this sucks Frog. The TSA talking heads cooked up a rule book, and didn't give employees room for personal interpretation because that wiggle room could lead to disaster. I'm guessing that the TSA employees in this case would have given a weeks pay to be able to let granny slide here. Messing with a babies' diaper is nasty, let alone an ninety something year old's diaper. That couldn't have been fun for anybody.

On September 1st 2001 America was raped by her own freedom. This forever forced us to give up certain freedoms in exchange for the freedom to fly to our destination without being used as a component is a bomb intended to cripple this great nation. This story is a heart breaker, no doubt about it. You'ld have to be one cold hearted son of a bitch NOT to be affected by this. There will be times that the rules used to protect the many will victimize a few, I'm sorry to say..

I've always stayed out of the TSA discussions, because I just didn't feel like disrupting the flow, but that's not how I roll, so there it is. I'm the odd man out here, but this was a good, well written hub. Something we've come to expect from the Frog Prince!


drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 28, 2011:

Frog - The only thing correct in this whole more than stupid fiasco is the acronym, TSA. You know that it stands for Totally Stupid ASSociates.

Old Poolman on June 28, 2011:

Profiling with common sense is not a bad thing. If a reported bank robber was 6' tall and weighed approximately 200 pounds, I would not be stopping children and grandmothers on the street to question them. The part they obviously forgot to teach the TSA employees was common sense.

tony0724 from san diego calif on June 28, 2011:

Welcome to our Police State Froggy. I think the TSA has to profile and hell with the political correctness of the chickens**t liberals !

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 28, 2011:

Alastar - I reckon I had a blond moment. Yeah, some of us Frog Prince types are blonds.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 28, 2011:

Dear Frog: That post wasn't for you my good man..lol.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on June 28, 2011:

Its too unbelievable to be conceivable. Poor, sweet lady and her daughter to have that nightmare possibly be the last time they had together. I heard the daughter explaining to the media that by a certain point in the ordeal, she was crying and the airlines translated that as further suspicious behavior. I can only pray that this reprehensible event takes the airline down. Today, the only impact that is heard is a resounding, collective slamming of wallets.

Bail Up ! on June 28, 2011:

I read the article yesterday and was as outraged as this poor ladys daugter, good thing the little old lady remained calm through it all (I wonder if she understood all that was taking place). So, she's considered frail to fly but not frail enough to pull a machine gun out of her depends, and charge the cockpit. Good job, TSA, NOT!

Old Poolman on June 28, 2011:

Here I go with my conspiracy crap again. You remember when the use of seat belts was recommended by the government. Then, one by one, states begin making it a law? Now, failure to wear a seat belt in most states results in using some of your grocery money to pay a fine at the local court house. I believe seat belts do save lives, so I can live with this one.

If rumors are correct, the TSA will soon be appearing at train stations, to be followed by their presence in bus stations. This means that to travel from point A to point B by any means other than your own car, you will get to be groped by TSA. One would think this might be the end of TSA involvement in our personal travel but what if they don't stop there? If this TSA power continues to grow, we may reach the day where one will be required to apply for a travel permit to drive from point A to point B. Then there will be check points where we must pull over to have our travel permits checked, and possibly be groped, by some idiot TSA employee who probably would not meet the basic minimum requirements to work for my company.

This sounds far fetched, but not impossible with an out of control power play by our government. Sure is something to look forward to isn't it?

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 28, 2011:

Amy - The Israeli's have airport security down to an art. The personnel working he airports there aren't ex-hamburger jockeys or unemployable misfits. Do they use profiling? Sure they do. To be secure you almost have to employee it.

Law enforcement is law enforcement and all this political correctness is plain stupidity. Sure, a 95 year old dying woman has a gun in her damned diaper. How absurd.

The Prince

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on June 28, 2011:

This incident is so outrageous it gives me pause. Surely, any idiot would see that this is insufferable, intolerable, unjustifiable behavior. As such, it is impossible to believe at face value. It makes me wonder if this airline hasn't been accused of profiling and is on a mission to prove a point by subjecting the most vulnerable, inconceivable "terrorist" prospects. One fact I know is the brains behind this airline is dim to non-existent and those that follow orders are worse. The whole event, with the airline, remaining adamant that they are justified in their actions, is too abhorrent to swallow. Something's up on my radar...

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 28, 2011:

Peter - Grope a Groper for your country huh?

PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on June 28, 2011:

I wonder if any of the people doing the groping get the same groping when they enter the TSA zone? Peter

Old Poolman on June 28, 2011:

What this really means to me is twofold. First, the terrorists are winning the war. I'm positive that stories like this incident are cause for celebration through their sick organizations. They have made flying somewhere such an ordeal for Americans that many will now drive, or not go at all. To the terrorists, that translates to them winning. I have a metal hip implant that guarantees me a "good grope" every time I have to fly. If I were gay, this could be a good thing, but I'm not gay, so I hate it.

The second part is the way the government dealt with this issue. TSA's fear of being accused of profiling makes this whole thing a total joke. Women in burkas who speak no English sail right through, but grandma in a wheelchair gets strip searched. The decision to strip search grandma was not made by a highly trained security agent, but an otherwise unemployable who found a job with TSA. Just another loss of freedom for Americans by the government running a program that is costly, and doesn't work.

Mary Contrary from Columbus, OH on June 28, 2011:

This is just the beginning. Soon the "government" is planning on screening trains. Certainly to be followed by buses and I have no doubt cars will be checked, possibly crossing state lines. How much of our freedom can we just give away to these storm troopers.

The Frog Prince (author) from Arlington, TX on June 28, 2011:

Lynn - You have that hardened terrorist look for sure.

Alastar - Usually I'm smart enough where no picture needs to be drawn for me. LOL

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on June 28, 2011:

Who has the biggest financial interest in these naked body scanners?

Despite claims to the contrary are these 360 degree scans being kept?

How many chest x-rays is a person getting every time they go through one?

A dozen more questions could be asked but you get the idea.

Lynn S. Murphy on June 28, 2011:

My heart goes out to them, what an awful last goodbye and totally avoidable. Everything is out of control with the stupid political correctness that has permeated this country. I get "randomly" pulled a lot (must be my scary blonde demeanor) and fortunately I've had very polite, even aplogetic workers, so far.

breakfastpop on June 28, 2011:

Give idiots power and all hell breaks loose. Now you know why I have been cruising lately. When they start acting like fools on the ship, I'm outta there! By the way has the TSA ever really caught a terrorist? I'll answer that..No! Passengers seem to be the best defense.

PETER LUMETTA from KENAI, ALAKSA on June 28, 2011:

Frog, this is not uncommon, on my last flight out of TSA land there was my self my twelve year old daughter, an older woman in her 80's in a wheel chair and me. of course if you look at me I look like a terrorist and they walked me right through, they wanted to "pat" down my daughter which I refused to let them do and they were screaming at the poor woman in the wheel chair who did not have her hearing aid turned on she was sobbing because they yelling at her. This supidity about not profilining for terrorists has made flying in America a challenge. I took my daughters hand and walked out of there and told them they were all stupid and deranged for what they were doing. I believe if that was my dying mother being treated like that I would be in jail right now after throttling that agent. What insensetivity and downright stupidity. Get em Frog, Peter

AngelTrader from New Zealand on June 28, 2011:

This is such a shocking story. That a frail terminally ill lady was subjected to this inhumane treatment should set alarm bells ringing in the heads of all right minded folk. It is appalling.

The frightening thing is that while the TSA is allowed carte blanche to treat people with such utter contempt and disdain these stories will multiply. This I'm afraid is but the tip of an increasing iceberg.

Words really fail me!

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