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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.

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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!

jim 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.